Indian ace tennis star Somdev Devvarman on Monday pulled out of the Aircel Chennai Open because of a recurring shoulder injury.
"With great disappointment, I have to inform the fans and organisers of the Aircel Chennai Open 2012 that due to a recurring shoulder injury I will not be able to participate in this year's event," Somdev said.
"Keeping the Australian Open in mind, my doctors have advised me to take this decision. I wish the tournament all the success and look forward to be back next year –- fitter and stronger."
According to a release by the organisers, Edouard Roger-Vasselin from France will replace Somdev in the singles field and will play against countryman Prodon.
Roger-Vasselin finds a place in the main draw as a lucky loser in the qualifiers where he lost to Japanese Go Soeda 4-6, 6-7(5).
In the singles draw, Somdev was scheduled to play against Frenchman Eric Prodon, while in the doubles competition, he and his partner Treat Conrad Huey were pitted against the third-seeded pair of India's leading doubles player Leander Paes and Janko Tipsarevic, the World No 9 and top seeded singles player in Aircel Chennai Open.