Chennai Open: Paes-Granollers forced to pull out

Multiple Grand Slam winner Leander Paes was forced to pull out the Aircel Chennai Open men’s doubles event on Thursday. Leander’s partner, Marcel Granollers, suffering from respiratory distress, was not in a position to play.

Leander Paes practicing with Marcel Granollers of Spain ahead of the Chennai Open.   -  PTI

Multiple Grand Slam winner Leander Paes was forced to pull out of the Aircel Chennai Open men’s doubles event on Thursday. Leander’s partner, Marcel Granollers, suffering from respiratory distress, was not in a position to play.

“M. Granollers & @Leander withdraw from #ACO2016 Doubles as the Spaniard is suffering from an illness,” tweeted the official handle of the Aircel Chennai Open.

The second seeds were to face Austian Krajicek and Benot Paire in the quarterfinals later today.

“It is a huge disappointment for me that I won’t be able to play in front of my home crowd. I hope Marcel gets fit in time for the Australian Open,” said Paes. Paes and Granollers had beaten Taro Daniel and John Millman in the opening round on Tuesday.