Originally Posted by Meeek
"I look very forward to playing at the AIG Japan Open Tennis Championships, for the first time in my tennis career. I understand that the tournament is a great one and I hope that my performance in tennis will be successful, so that you, my Fans will enjoy watching me participate in the event in Tokyo, Japan.I visited and played in Tokyo once before during a Davis Cup tie and look forward once again to the great hospitality of your country. I am sure that with the support that you will all extend to me when I play my matches, I will be able to bring my tennis level to new heights."
This comes from the official website today, as being a personal message from Marat.
I know. The exact same message has been also posted in the AIG Japan Open site, too. All I know is that Marat's withdrawal from the tournament in Tokyo has been reported only in Japannese media in Japanese language. Fans in Japan are sad that he isn't coming and they are talking about it in their forums... So far, I haven't found anything about his pulling out from Tokyo in English language...
I can post this Japanese article here if you want...