Goffin to miss Indian Wells and Davis Cup quarters due to injured eye

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David Goffin is currently the world No. 7, but this time off could jeopardize his spot in the rankings. (AP)

David Goffin has withdrawn from Indian Wells, saying his eye is still bothering him, and will also not play the Davis Cup quarterfinals next month.

"Having trained for three days, I've found my vision is still not 100 percent recovered," he wrote in a statement on Twitter. "I will take more recovery days to play 100 percent. Unfortunately, I cannot play Indian Wells."

The Belgian injured his eye at Rotterdam, where a ball bounced off his racquet and hit him. He was forced to retire from his semifinal against Grigor Dimitrov and hasn't played since.

Goffin hasn't withdrawn from his next scheduled event at Miami, but did say that he would not play the Davis Cup quarterfinal that follows it. 

"Because of the obligation to verify the state of my eye regularly," he said, "I have withdrawn from the Davis Cup quarterfinal against the United States, to inspect my eyes following the competition at Miami."

Goffin has twice led Belgium to the Davis Cup final.


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