Söderling to skip Stockholm Open due to illness

Swedish tennis darling Robin Söderling will miss playing on his home turf at the Stockholm Open next week, due to illness.

Söderling, who is currently ranked number 6 in the world, wrote on his Facebook page that he is disappointed.

"Playing in Stockholm is very special for me and it's a title I still miss and dream about, " he wrote, adding, "I made an attempt to train, but my body just could not do it. I felt worse after practice and so had to make a tough decision to not play in Stockholm. I have to think long term and plan to play tennis for years to come. I believe the best days are in front of me. I will do everything I can to get through this difficult time and come back stronger and more motivated than ever."

Söderling is suffering from a viral mononucleosis infection, which according to Agence France Presse, could also jeopardize his chance to defend his title at Bercy.