Britain's Andy Murray, the world No. 2, will not play in the French Open, the tennis season's second Grand Slam event, due to a back injury.
The Scottish star, who retired during his match against Spain's Marcel Granollers at the Rome Masters last week due to the injury, was advised by his doctors to skip the French Open, the BBC reported.
The withdrawal of Murray, a quarterfinalist in Paris last year, will allow seven-time champ Rafael Nadal of Spain to go into the tournament as the third seed and Spain's David Ferrer, the world No. 5, will be the fourth seed.
Argentina's Juan Martin Del Potro, meanwhile, announced that he was also skipping the French Open due to a viral infection.
Del Potro, the world No. 7, said he was suffering from bronchial spasms caused by a virus.
The French Open gets underway next Sunday. EFE