11 Jun 2009

Safin withdraws from Queens Club

11:35 am on 11 June 2009

The former world men's tennis number one Marat Safin has withdrawn from the Queen's Club grasscourt tournament in London with a back injury.

The Russian, a semi-finalist at Wimbledon last year, had been due to play Belgium's Xavier Malisse after receiving a bye in the first round.

Frenchman Gael Monfils, the fourth seed, also withdrew with a wrist injury sustained during his second-round victory over Andrey Golubev on Wednesday.

Steve Darcis of Belgium, who had been the third round opponent of Monfils, advanced to the quarter-finals on a walkover.