Tennis: Frenchman Gasquet withdraws from Australian Open with back injury

France's Richard Gasquet at the ATP World Tour Masters 1000 quarter final match.
France's Richard Gasquet at the ATP World Tour Masters 1000 quarter final match.PHOTO: AFP

MELBOURNE (REUTERS) - World No. 9 Richard Gasquet has pulled out of the Australian Open with a back injury, the organisers said on Wednesday.

"Sorry to report that @richardgasquet1 has withdrawn from the #AusOpen with a back injury. We wish him a speedy recovery," the organisers said on their Twitter account.

The 29-year-old Frenchman, a Wimbledon semi-finalist and quarter-finalist at the US Open, has long suffered back problems and aggravated the injury while playing in exhibition tournaments this month.