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Injured Gasquet out of Qatar Open

Richard Gasquet (Gallo Images)
Richard Gasquet (Gallo Images)

Doha - Former champion Richard Gasquet pulled out of the season-opening Qatar Open due to a back injury which could also threaten his participation in the Australian Open, local media reported on Thursday.

Frenchman Gasquet, the world No 9, aggravated his long-standing back problem at the International Premier Tennis League (IPTL) exhibition event, the Gulf Times reported.

Gasquet, 29, won the 2013 Doha title when he defeated Nikolay Davydenko of Russia in the final.

The Qatar Open gets under way on January 4 with Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal set to take the top two seedings.

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