Indian Wells 2019 – Injured Players List

Published 03/04/2019, 7:04 PM EST
Juan Martin del Potro

The Californian desert tournament, Indian Wells 2019 is around the corner and the ATP and the WTA men are all geared up for the first Masters event of the tennis season 2019. Unfortunately, some of the established tennis players will stay away from the Indian Wells 2019 tournament due to their prevailing injuries.


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1. Juan Martin del Potro

Juan Martin del Potro and Roger Federer

The defending champion on the men’s tour, Juan Martin del Potro has withdrawn from the Indian Wells 2019 due to his prevailing right knee injury. He is the biggest casualty of the American Masters event in California. The Argentine was on a four-month long hiatus from professional tennis before his loss at the Delray Beach Open due to his fractured right patella.


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2. Richard Gasquet

Richard Gasquet

The Frenchman, Richard Gasquet will skip the Indian Wells 2019. A few weeks ago, Gasquet underwent a hip-surgery and most likely he will sit out from the Miami Open and plans to join the circuit in the clay-court season in Monte Carlo.  “After the operation, I did not walk for a week”, he said. “I felt a lot of pain and I had a big scar. Then I started rehabilitation with walking and cycling.”

3. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in Montpellier

Gasquet’s compatriot, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga also withdrew from the Indian Wells 2019 tournament, since he is suffering from sickle cell disease. “When I fly, it takes me two, three days to recovery, to be good physically,” he said. “It was just five years ago it was diagnosed. In everyday activities, it doesn’t stop me from doing anything.” Last month he won the ATP event in Montpellier. 

4. Jack Sock

Jack Sock and Mike Bryan at the U.S. Open 2018

The American, Jack Sock will be absenting himself from the Indian Wells 2019 tournament. He landed himself in trouble, as during the off-season he did a snowboarding activity and consequently injured his index finger. Though is his ranked out of the top 100, he served as an efficient substitute Bob Bryan (as he underwent a hip-surgery) in the Bryan Brothers doubles tennis team.

5. Thanasi Kokkinakis

Thanasi Kokkinakis

The 22-year-old, Thanasi Kokkinakis is regarded as one of the most promising players for the upcoming years of tennis and he is also not taking part in the Indian Wells 2019 contest. He had to undergo right shoulder surgery at the end of the 2018 season and still recovering from that. 

6. Hyeon Chung

Hyeon Chung

The South Korean, Hyeon Chung has gained immense fame on the circuit since the time he made it to the Australian Open 2018 semifinals. He has retired from Indian Wells 2019 because of an injury and Ilya Ivashka will take his place in the main draw.

7. Aljaz Bedene

Aljaz Bedene

Aljaz Bedene has also withdrawn from the Indian Wells 2019 tournament because of his injury. He withdrew from the semi-final clash against rising Serbian star Laslo Djere in the Rio Open due to a right leg injury.

8. Marcel Granollers

Marcel Granollers

The Spaniard, Marcel Granollers will not be present at the Indian Wells 2019 in the Palm Springs, USA.

9. Vasek Pospisil

Vasek Pospisil

Besides them, Vasek Pospisil’s injury would keep him away from the courts of Indian Wells 2019. He did not feature in the Australian Open 2019 due to his back injury.

10. Fernando Verdasco

Fernando Verdasco

The Spaniard, Verdasco played a three-set match with Roger Federer in Dubai. Verdasco and his wife are expecting a baby boy and very soon they will become parents. Maybe to spend time with his wife, he has opted out of the Indian Wells 2019 and Ernests Gulbis will be moving to his place in the main draw.

11. Grigor Dimitrov 

Grigor Dimitrov

The Bulgarian tennis player, Grigor Dimitrov withdrew from the Indian Wells 2019 tournament due to his pain in the shoulder. The Baby Federer is presently ranked 28th in the world and he skipped Rotterdam and Acapulco contests due to the same reason. He was expected to turn up for the Indian Wells 2019 for the eighth consecutive time but his physical agony did not let that happen.

12. Kevin Anderson 

Kevin Anderson

The South African, Kevin Anderson was seeded fifth in the Indian Wells 2019 tournament, but his elbow injury forced him to withdraw from the event. For the same reason, Anderson couldn’t make his presence at the New York Open last month. He is replaced by the lucky loser Miomir Kecmanovic in the Indian Wells draw.

12. Maria Sharapova

Maria Sharapova at the 2019 Australian Open

On the WTA court,  Maria Sharapova will be absent from the Indian Wells 2019. She reached the pre-quarters during the Melbourne major and now due to her right shoulder injury she withdrew from the Indian Wells 2019 and she has been brawling to fix it over the past few months. 

13. Coco Vandeweghe

Coco Vandeweghe

The 2017 U.S. Open semifinalist, the American Coco Vandeweghe would not be seen in action during the Indian Wells 2019 tournament. The former Australian Open semi-finalist Vandeweghe was forced to withdraw from Melbourne this year because of her injured ankle.


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14. Sania Mirza
Sania Mirza
The former doubles World Number one, Sania Mirza, gave birth to her first child, Izhaan in October 2018. Mirza will most probably be returning to the WTA circuit in the second half of the 2019 season.

15. Elena Vesnina and Ekaterina Makarova


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Elina Vesnina and Ekaterina Makarova

The Russian women, Elena Vesnina and Ekaterina Makarova will not be seen in action during the Indian Wells 2019. The Russian team of Makarova and Vesnina was the finalist in 2018 on the doubles circuit during the Californian desert tournament. 



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