Casper Ruud has withdrawn from the Fayez Sarofim & Co. U.S. Men’s Clay Court Championship.
Ruud, who fell in Sunday’s Miami Open final, indicated he has been struggling with his wisdom teeth over the past few days which led to his decision.
“Hey Houston, just wanted to tell you how sorry I am that I am that I won’t be able to come this year to your event and play the tournament,” Ruud said in a video message (WATCH HERE). “I have looked so much forward to it, coming back to River Oaks, to try to do my best to win a title there in your club.
“In the past three or four days I have been battling some ache in my wisdom tooth, which is not going away unfortunately. It’s a tough decision but I have to go home and get it fixed. I hope I can return one day, and hopefully next year I will be back in River Oaks. Good luck for the tournament and see you guys soon.”
The No. 7 player in the ATP Rankings, Ruud was slated to be the top seed in the upcoming tournament at River Oaks Country Club. The seven-time title winner was runner-up when the tournament was last held in 2019.
A lucky loser – a player who lost in the final round of qualifying and signs in to be an alternate – will replace Ruud in the draw on Monday afternoon. That player will assume Ruud’s spot at the top of the draw and will receive an opening round bye. He will face either 2019 US Clay semifinalist Daniel Elahi Galan or two-time River Oaks runner-up Sam Querrey.
Main draw action begins Monday at River Oaks, with two-time champion Steve Johnson along with American seeds Frances Tiafoe and Jenson Brooksby headlining the singles slate while Nick Kyrgios & Jack Sock will lead the doubles action. Play begins at 2 p.m. and will stream on ESPN3.