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Injuries Are Causing Players To Drop Out Of Wimbledon






With the start of Wimbledon now just four days away, Australian Open champion Stan Wawrinka is a major doubt for the Championships because of a mystery virus that has left him unable to do any physical preparation.

Initial reports in the Swiss newspaper Blick maintained the 29 year-old had been hospitalized in Zurich. However Wawrinka’s management company StarWing reported the player is at his rented Wimbledon base but confirmed doctors were called because the world no.3 was suffering with an exceptionally high fever.

As of yesterday Wawrinka was still confined to bed but last night he tweeted: “Thanks for all your kind messages! I'm glad that today I'm feeling a bit better and hope to be ready on time for Wimbledon!”

Another doubt is French Open finalist Simona Halep who was forced to retire from her title defense at the Topshelf Open in the Dutch seaside town of 's-Hertogenbosch because of shoulder pain.

Top seeded Halep had taken the first set of her second round match against Annika Beck retired during her match with Annika Beck. So the German progressed into a quarter-final against Magdalena Rybarikova with the scoreboard reading 5-7,3-2.

This year’s Topshelf Open has been hit by a spate of retirements and withdrawals. Indeed half the matches yesterday failed to finish because one of the contestants complained of some form of injury.

David Ferrer, the men’s top seed at 's-Hertogenbosch, withdrew from the event on Monday and flew home to Valencia for consultations with his doctors after suffering an extended case of gastric influenza.

Novak Djokovic withdrew from an exhibition match. The Serb who will lead the men's field when Wimbledon starts on Monday was unable to take to the court at a Boodles hit-and-giggle event near London due to wrist pain, with French sports newspaper l'Équipe breaking the news.

The Serb also encountered the problem last April in Monte Carlo and missed several weeks of clay-court play. Djokovic showed up at the exhibition to sooth sponsors and fulfill his off-court duties, giving nothing away about his wrist worry.

On Thursday, Spaniard Nicolas Almagro withdrew, forcing a re-make of the lowered seedings to fill his 31st place.

In Eastbourne at the WTA tune-up event, 2011 Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova withdrew with a hamstring injury prior to her quarter-final, handing Brit Heather Watson a place in the semi-finals.

"I feel my right leg hamstring, I started to feel it yesterday morning," said second seed Kvitova. "I played quite solid match yesterday, but today was much worse. Wimbledon is starting on Monday, and, yeah, I mean, I need to be ready for there."



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