Janko Tipsarevic out of Chennai Open

The 2013 Chennai Open champion has pulled out of the 2016 edition as he has failed to be fully fit, after ungeroing a knee surgery a few months ago. Owing to a foot injury, the Serb has been absent from action for much of the last two years, and has slipped in the ATP rankings, to 410.

Tipsarevic won the Chennai Open in 2013.   -  The Hindu

Janko Tipsarevic, the 2013 Chennai Open title winner from Serbia, has ruled himself out of the upcoming 2016 edition of the ATP 250 event as he has failed to be fully fit after a knee surgery. His omission, coupled with that of Yuki Bhambri, also due to injury, is a blow to the Chennai Open, set to begin on January 4, 2016.

Tipsarevic has fallen in the rankings after suffering a foot injury that has not allowed him to participate in most of the ATP tournaments in the last two years. He made a comeback in this year's U. S. Open after the surgery, but his decision to pull out of the event in India, and being doubtful for the Australian Open, suggests he has some way to go before taking up his place on the court.

He has spoken of the need to be '110 percent fit', as quoted by www.zurnal.rs. "I want to be ready at 110% and the moment I am not. I have to make sure that once I start, I will not stop. At the moment I decided only to skip Chennai. Next week I will decide if I will be playing the Australian Open'."

In an entry protected seeding, Tipsarevic was among the top seeds for the Chennai Open, despite being currently ranked 410. The top contenders for the upcoming event are Stanislas Wawrinka, Kevin Anderson, Benoit Paire, Roberto Bautista Agut, Guillermo Garcia-Lopez, Gilles Muller, Vasek Pospisil, Borna Coric, Aljaz Bedene and Lukas Rosol.