(by Steve Hopkins)
Dimitrij Ovtcharov announced on Friday that he has had an ankle surgery and will be unable to attend the World Championships next month in Houston.
Ovtcharov was in the midst of a solid year, having medaled twice in Tokyo. He is the World’s No. 8 ranked player, and he won this event in 2017. His absence removes one of the potential medalists, and perhaps provides an avenue for others.
Germany will still have Timo Boll and Patrick Franzisca seeded in the Top 15.
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