Roberto Bautista Agut of Spain hits a return shot against Andy Murray of Britain during the men's singles final of the Shanghai Masters tennis tournament at Qizhong Forest Sports City Tennis Center in Shanghai, China, Sunday, Oct. 16, 2016. (AP Photo/Andy
Andy Wong
January 10, 2017

AUCKLAND, New Zealand (AP) Defending champion Robert Bautista-Agut of Spain has withdrawn from the ASB Tennis Classic without playing a match, citing a stomach virus.

The top-seeded Bautista-Agut had a bye in the first round and was due to play 2015 champion Jiri Vesely in his second round match on Wednesday. But the 28-year-old Spaniard, ranked 13 and the winner of the recent Chennai Open, informed organizers he was unable to play.

His place in the second round will go to a lucky loser from the qualifying draw.

Third-seeded David Ferrer, a four-time champion, was due to face Robin Haase in the first match of the second round Wednesday, while second-seeded John Isner will face Malek Jaziri. Fourth-seeded Jack Sock will play fellow American Ryan Harrison.

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