Petra Kvitova will skip Miami Open; Mardy Fish also reportedly withdraws
Petra Kvitova and Mardy Fish will not play next week's Miami Open. Kvitova, ranked No. 4, withdrew before this week's BNP Paribas Open, a mandatory WTA event, citing exhaustion. On Wednesday she announced she is still not well enough to compete in Miami, another WTA mandatory event. Fish has also reportedly withdrawn from Miami.
“Unfortunately I am still not feeling 100 per cent and am therefore disappointed to announce my withdrawal from the Miami Open," Kvitova wrote on her website. "I have always enjoyed playing in Miami so I will be sad not to be there this year."
Kvitova hopes to be fit enough to represent the Czech Republic in their Fed Cup semifinal against France on April 18th. The Czechs are the defending champions.
Fish's comeback from his 18-month absence due to illness and anxiety was also aborted. The former No. 7 played his first ATP match since August 2013 at the BNP Paribas Open, losing in three sets to Ryan Harrison. He had tentatively planned to play the ATP Masters 1000 in Miami but has reportedly withdrawn. Tim Smyczek will replace him in the main draw.