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Today marks the official beginning of the 2023 Miami Open for the men. There are plenty of exciting first-round matches that you can tune in for over the next 24-48 hours too. And as the week progresses, theoretically speaking, these games should only get better. But while this is all well and good, have you stopped to check out the latest Miami Open withdrawals for the men’s singles? Whether you have or you haven’t, I can confirm that some major names have quietly made their departure from the main draw in recent days.
Of course, since this is the focus today, you are about to see some of the latest withdrawal announcements from the tournament for the men’s singles. Furthermore, the most recent count (based on the initial entry list) is that 15 players have withdrawn from the tournament prior to the start of main draw matches today. This is a considerable number of players, and it has certainly impacted the men’s singles draw.
As it happens, some of these withdrawals have opened up different sections of the draw, and this has given an opportunity for lower-ranked players to really make a deep-draw run. Then again, getting the opportunity is one thing – taking it is another! But that’s a story I shall keep for another day.
For now, let’s look at some of the biggest withdrawals on the men’s side of things.
2023 Miami Open Withdrawals for the Men’s Singles
Just for clarity, I’d like to stress that all of the withdrawals mentioned here were completed before the main draw started. This is perfectly okay and within the rules of the ATP Tour, even if it is a shame for the players to not be able to come and compete. And with that cleared up, let me now highlight three big withdrawal announcements for the Miami Open this year.
Sebastian Korda really is a rising star in the men’s game. At 22 years of age, he is already knocking on the door of the top 20. However, because of an ongoing injury to his right wrist, Korda has been forced out of the second Masters 1000 tournament in a row. For reference, Korda also missed Indian Wells due to the same injury.
Speaking of players who have picked up unfortunate injuries, Carreno-Busta joins Korda on the list of Miami Open withdrawals. As you may recall, Carreno-Busta was forced to retire from Indian Wells last week, yet he did so after the draw had been made. This allowed a lucky loser to take his place. Yet the injury sustained prior to Indian Wells has obviously been significant enough to allow a firmer approach this week.
And I say this because Carreno-Busta has withdrawn from the 2023 Miami Open prior to the draw being made.
Besides Nick Kyrigios and Carreno-Busta, Marin Cilic is the highest-ranked withdrawal from the tournament. At 22 in the ATP rankings, this veteran is still going strong. But like some other guys who have also withdrawn from the Miami Open, Cilic is struggling to recover from a knee injury that required surgery at the start of the season. As for the impact of his withdrawal, he has been replaced by Ilya Ivashka.