Luckless Juan Martin del Potro forced to withdraw from Queen’s due to injury

Juan Martin del Potro in action

Juan Martin del Potro kicked off his Wimbledon preparations with an excellent win over Denis Shapovalov at Queen’s, but was then forced to withdraw from the tournament with a knee injury.

The third seed had no problems seeing off Shapovalov as he claimed a 7-5, 6-4 victory in one hour and 16 minutes at the Fever-Tree Championship.

However, his agent tweeted after the match that he had “pain and swelling in his right knee after slipping close to the net in the eighth game of the second set”.

It continued: “In the next few hours, medical studies will be carried out to determine the degree of the injury. We will report the results in a timely manner.”

And later in the day tournament director Stephen Farrow confirmed that he pulled out of the event, saying: “It is a great shame that Juan Martin has been forced to withdraw. The crowd loves him here, just as they do all over the world. We wish him a full and speedy recovery, and hope to see him back here next year.”

Del Potro only returned to action at the start of May following several months on the sidelines after fracturing his knee cap during the Shanghai Masters in October.

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