British number four Katie Boulter ‘devastated’ after withdrawing from Wimbledon
The Wimbledon dreams of Britain’s Katie Boulter are over this year with the announcement that she is withdrawing due to her ongoing back injury.
The 22-year-old hasn’t played since Britain’s Fed Cup win over Kazakhstan in April but hoped to be back in time for the Grand Slam.
“The road to recovery has had its ups and downs,” she said.
“At various points along the way I’ve been very close to getting back on court and competing, but unfortunately I’m not quite ready in time for Wimbledon.
“On the advice of my medical team, I’ve made the decision to give my recovery a couple more weeks.”
Boulter was forced to withdraw from the French Open a day before it got underway last month, but was nevertheless still paid around £20,000 despite not hitting a single ball.
It is Wimbledon, however, that is particularly special to Boulter who had her first ever Grand Slam singles match win there last year, reaching the second round.
She then went on a run that saw her rise to British number two, but her subsequent absence through injury has seen her drop to fourth behind rivals Heather Watson and Harriet Dart, along with number one Johanna Konta.
— Katie Boulter (@KatieBoulter1) June 23, 2019
“I am absolutely devastated to be missing my home Grand Slam and the opportunity to play in front of our incredible fans but sadly I won’t be 100% fit.
“Wimbledon is the most special tournament of the year for me and I can’t wait to get back on the grass courts next year.
“I’d like to thank everyone for their support over the past few months; it’s only motivated me to come back stronger.”
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