Due to a back injury, Tomas Berdych will miss the hard-court season

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Tomas Berdych will have a lot of work to do once he returns to the court. (AP)

Tomas Berdych will not be playing the hard-court season because of an ongoing back injury.

The 32-year-old Czech withdrew from Toronto, Cincinnati and the US Open, and has not announced a date for his return. He had also previously withdrawn from Wimbledon, where he reached the semifinals in 2017.

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That has dropped his ranking to No. 59, but with few points to defend in the next few weeks, he likely will not fall much further.

Berdych is a former Top 5 player and Grand Slam finalist. He had been struggling before this announcement, as he suffered an opening-round loss at the French Open. He had also lost in the second round at both Indian Wells and Miami earlier this year.

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