Rio Olympics 2016: Richard Gasquet out of mega event with back injury

Gasquet, the world number 14, has not played since pulling out of his fourth-round encounter with compatriot Jo-Wilfried Tsonga at Wimbledon earlier this month.

AFP| Last Updated: Jul 19, 2016, 08:52 AM IST
Rio Olympics 2016: Richard Gasquet out of mega event with back injury

Paris: Frenchman Richard Gasquet has pulled out of next month`s Rio Olympics because of a back injury with Benoit Paire taking his place, the French Tennis Federation (FFT) said on Monday.

It is the second time the 30-year-old, who won doubles bronze with Julien Benneteau in London four years ago, has pulled out of the Games after he also missed Beijing in 2008.

"Injured in the back, Richard Gasquet has withdrawn from competing in the Olympics. He will be replaced by Benoit Paire," the FFT said in a statement.

Gasquet, the world number 14, has not played since pulling out of his fourth-round encounter with compatriot Jo-Wilfried Tsonga at Wimbledon earlier this month.