The American missed the last two grand slams due to a hip injury sustained in the match against Kyrgios in Cincinnati. He was supposed to make his return in Delray Beach next week but according to reports from the US, Opelka won't be playing at the event. His good friend, Fritz was asked about it in Dallas and he called it awful:
"It's awful. He started last year really strong. He was playing really good tennis. It sucks. It could happen to any of us at any time. You never know when you can be out for 8 months. It's really sad to see. He's one of my best friends. I look forward to seeing him. Haven't gotten to spend a ton of time with him because he hasn't been at tournaments.''
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It's unclear when Opelka will return but the hope is that he'll return before the clay season begins with the Sunshine double an important part of the season for the American.