French world No. 1 Gregory Gaultier has been forced to withdraw from the 2017 Oracle NetSuite Open due to injury.
The thirty-four-year-old, who has won three Oracle NetSuite Open titles, was seeded first for the PSA M100 tournament but sustained an ankle injury–a recurrence of the injury that forced him to pull out of last year’s PSA Men’s World Championship at the semifinal stage–which will prevent him from defending the title he won 12 months ago in San Francisco.
“This is a bad start of the season for me,” Gaultier said. “I was looking forward to coming back to San Francisco for one of my favorite tournaments. I’m very disappointed and frustrated not to play, especially after two months of training for this season. I hope to see everyone in San Francisco next year and I wish a successful event to everyone.”
As a result of the injury, Mohamed ElShorbagy moves up from third seed to number two seed and will take on a qualifier, while Willstrop will now face a qualifier instead of Australia’s Ryan Cuskelly, who now becomes the number eight seed.
Mexico’s World No. 21 Cesar Salazar moves into the main draw and will take on Cuskelly for a place in the quarter-finals.