5 Jan 2013

Tsonga, Gasquet out of Sydney event

4:38 pm on 5 January 2013

The Sydney tennis International has been rocked by the withdrawal of the top two men's seeds with French duo Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Richard Gasquet pulling out of the Australian Open lead-up event.

The world number eight Tsonga, who was to be top seed at Sydney Olympic Park, suffered a hamstring injury while representing France in the Hopman Cup last night.

The 2008 Australian Open finalist was to have been replaced as top seed by compatriot and world number 10 Gasquet before he too pulled out due to personal reasons.