World No. 19 Roberto Bautista Agut and Australian tennis star Alex de Minaur have both withdrawn from Sydney.
Both Bautista Agut and de Minaur kicked off their season at the ATP Cup and decided to skip Sydney.
Bautista Agut made his lone Sydney appearance in 2013, when he lost in the third round.
On the other side, de Minaur ended runner-up in Sydney in 2018 but won it all a year later.
Bautista Agut is having a strong run at the ATP Cup as he won all of his three group stage matches to lead Spain to the semifinal.
“The humidity on the court was very tough and we needed some matches coming from Europe,” Bautista Agut added. “I am really happy I have won three matches and that Spain is in the semi-finals.”
De Minaur not enjoying the same success as Bautista Agut
De Minaur suffered a 6-4 6-2 loss to Daniil Medvedev on Tuesday, despite the Russian feeling unwell before the match.
“I didn’t feel great prior to the match, so I took some painkillers before I came out. I’m really happy for Roman, he’s winning every match he’s played so far. I watched his match tonight from the locker room. I’ve known him since he was 10, he had a good junior career and has been unlucky with injuries.”
After the loss, de Minaur spoke extremely highly of Medvedev.
“He’s a very tactical player, in the sense of he baits you very well to go for a lot,” said de Minaur of Medvedev.
“He’s obviously a very good mover with very good end-range shots. To beat him, you got to obviously be aggressive and take the net, but at the same time you don’t want to over press. I feel like I did a bit of that today, and made a couple too many unforced errors…
He makes life quite difficult in that aspect and especially on this court his ball was shooting through and it was very tough to get any free points today.”