Defending singles champion and world No.36 Janko Tipsarevic has withdrawn from the 2014 Chennai Open. The 29-year-old suffered a rupture on a heel tendon and has been forced to pull out from the tournament in which he participates on a regular basis.
Speaking about his withdrawal, Tipsarevic said, "I have had a difficult three months after injuring my heel. I felt I would recover well in time for the Chennai Open but regret to say that I will not be able to take part in the tournament.
"I apologise to fans who have always supported me and waited to watch me play during matches there. Chennai was always my favourite tournament to start the new season. I really look forward to recovering quickly and getting back to playing tennis soon," he added.
Tipsarevic's absence means that world No.8 Stanislas Wawrinka heads to Chennai as the favourite. Others competing for the crown in the 19th edition of the tournament include Mikhail Youzhny and Fabio Fognini. Qualifying matches for the Chennai Open will be on December 28 and 29, while the main draw will take place between December 30 and January 5, 2014.
Tipsarevic beat Spaniard Roberto Bautista-Agut 3-6, 6-1, 6-3 in last years final. Wawrinka and Frenchman Benoit Paire are the reigning doubles champions.