As we warned might happen, Canadian Vasek Pospisil has withdrawn from the ATP Tour event in Delray Beach, Fla., already under way today.
Pospisil, who only began hitting tennis balls last week in Florida after undergoing a lot of treatment on his injured back after he was unable to play Davis Cup in Japan two weeks ago, hadn’t played points as of Saturday night.
He was hoping to return this week – holding out hope even as the deadline for withdrawing before the draw was made came and went on Friday. But in the end, chose to give it another week.
Pospisil would have been the No. 5 seed in the event, scheduled to meet Alejandro Falla of Colombia in the first round.
He hasn’t played since withdrawing from the Australian Open prior to his scheduled third-round match against eventual champion Stanislas Wawrinka.
It was actually during a match against Wawrinka, the semifinals in Chennai, India to open the season, that his back injury worsened to the point where he had to retire.
The 23-year-old Canadian told Open Court it “looks good” to return at the event in Acapulco, Mexico next week.
He dropped one spot in the ATP Tour rankings this week, to No. 26.