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
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
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
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
"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."