David Ferrer, the world no.7 who has been a
Wimbledon quarterfinalist for the last two years, has flown back home to
Valencia for a major check up with his doctor and rates himself as
doubtful for the Championships that begin next Monday.
The 32 year-old Spaniard has been feeling unwell
for some time with a viral infection he believes to be gastric
influenza. Ferrer withdrew from this week’s Topshelf Open in the Dutch
seaside town of 's-Hertogenbosch where he was top seed.
'I'm not sure if I can play at Wimbledon,'' said
Ferrer who maintains he fell sick in the immediate aftermath of his
quarterfinal loss to eventual champion Rafael Nadal at Roland Garros.
''It's been 10 days now and that's just too long
for this problem. I'm going to talk with my doctor in Valencia tomorrow
Meanwhile there is better news of Nadal who over
the weekend expressed concern about the pain in his back and suggested
he would not be playing any exhibition matches on grass in the build up
to Wimbledon where he lost in the first round a year ago and second
round in 2012.
Nadal, currently back home in Mallorca for a few
days rest and recuperation, has confirmed he will play at the BNP
Paribas Tennis Classic at London’s Hurlingham Club, just across the
River Thames from Wimbledon, on Friday (June 20).
Big names such as Queen’s Club champion Grigor
Dimitrov, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, Tomas Berdych, Kei Nishikori and Wimbledon
champion Andy Murray are all on the Hurlingham cast-list along
with Marin Cilic and Tommy Robredo. Nadal’s opponent has yet to be named
but he said: “This will be my last warm-up match before Wimbledon, it’s
always a pleasure to be back in Hurlingham.”