Nicolas Jarry withdraws from Cincinnati Open despite opening win, heads back to Chile with wife set to give birth

Wednesday, 16 August 2023 at 07:54
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Nicolás Jarry announces withdrawal from Cincinnati Open's second sound for the birth of his second child.
Chilean tennis player Nicolás Jarry has announced his withdrawal from the second round of the Cincinnati Open to travel back to Chile for the birth of his second child.
Jarry has been one of the surprises of the year, clinching two ATP 250 titles and breaking into the top 30 for the first time in his career after starting the year outside the top 100.
At 27 years old, Nicolás Jarry is experiencing the peak of his career. This week, he participated in the Cincinnati Open and successfully debuted by coming from behind to defeat Russian player Roman Safiulin with a score of 4-6, 6-3, 6-3.
Jarry announced through his Instagram stories that he will be traveling to Chile to be present for the birth of his second child, hence his departure from the tournament:
"Dear friends, today I had to withdraw from the Cincinnati tournament due to personal reasons, in order to take a flight to Chile and accompany my wife for the arrival of our second child. I will be back at the US Open with even greater motivation to finish the year. Thank you very much for your support," he wrote.
An unusual situation unfolded in his section of the draw, as Jarry's next opponent was supposed to be the winner of the match between Karen Khachanov and Andy Murray. However, both players withdrew from the tournament, leading to the entry of two lucky losers into the main draw: Alexei Popyrin and Daniel Altmaier.
Popyrin claimed victory with a score of 6-7(5), 6-4, 6-4. With Jarry's withdrawal, Popyrin advances directly to the third round. Even before the completion of the first round matches, Popyrin has secured a spot among the top 16 and will await his opponent from the match between Andrey Rublev and Emil Ruusuvuori.
With this progression, the 24-year-old tennis player is currently at his career-best ranking in the live standings, sitting at world No. 51.
Despite his departure, Jarry has also experienced an ascent, at least in the live ranking, where he stands as world No. 23, just two weeks ahead of the start of the US Open.

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