U.S. Open Finalist Nishikori Out of Wimbledon With InjuryDanielle Rossingh
Kei Nishikori, a finalist at the U.S. Open, withdrew from Wimbledon because of a leg injury.
The fifth seed from Japan, who became the first male player from Asia to reach a Grand Slam final last year in New York, is struggling with a left-calf ailment, organizers said in an e-mailed statement.
“I thought it was going to be OK,” Nishikori told reporters after his withdrawal. “I tried to warm up today, but it hurt just walking and running,” added the 25-year-old, who had also pulled out of the semifinals in Halle, Germany two weeks ago with the same injury.
Nishikori, who was to play Colombia’s Santiago Giraldo of Colombia Wednesday, needed five sets to win his opening round against Italy’s Simone Bolelli.
Nishikori said he was feeling “sad and disappointed,” before adding “but there is more years to come.”
He’d made the fourth round at Wimbledon last year, his best result to date on the London lawns.