12/14/11 8:15 PM | Johan Lindahl
Marin Cilic, winner of two of the last three editions of the Chennai event in India which begins the ATP season, won't have a chance for a possible trophy hat-trick after being forced from the tournament by a knee injury.
The No. 21 had a torrid close to 2011, playing the Beijing final in October and winning St Petersburg to end the month. The Croatian won Chennai in 2009 and 2010, with Swiss Stanislas Wawrinka back to defend the title he lifted in 2011.
Cilic is suffering with a patella tendon injury which will also cause him to miss the Australian Open. Playing in Chennai to begin the 2012 campaign will be Serb No. 9 Janko Tipsarevic and No. 10 Nicolas Almagro of Spain.
"Having started the previous five seasons at the Chennai Open, the city is a home away from home for me. Only an injury could have kept me away from the Chennai Open," Cilic said in a statement. "Thankfully, I am recovering well from the patella tendon injury and I'll surely be back next year."
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