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Nishikori Withdraws From Indian Wells

Kei Nishikori is out of Indian Wells.

The 22nd-seeded Nishikori withdrew from the tournament this morning due to a week-long illness.

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Lucky loser Ruben Bemelmans replaced Nishikori in the draw and will play Leonardo Mayer on Stadium 3 following the match between 29th-seeded David Ferrer andAmerican wild card Tennys Sandgren.

Nishikori was scheduled to meet the media at about 11:30 a.m. local time, but did not appear.

An ATP official said he was too ill to attend the presser. 

The tournament issued a statement from Nishikori.

"Unfortunately, I have to pull out of the tournament today," said Nishikori, a 2017 quarterfinalist at both Indian Wells and Miami. "I have been sick for over a week and tried everything I could to get better. Unfortunately, today I am still not strong enough to go and play a match.

"I am very sorry as I love this tournament and wish Tommy Haas and his team a great event. I really look forward to being back next year."

The 28-year-old Nishikori won the Dallas Challenger last month went on to reach the New York Open semifinals. Nishikori fell to Canadian Denis Shapovalov in his last match in Acapulco. 

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