LONDON – Kei Nishikori, the fifth seed, withdrew from Wimbledon Wednesday morning due to a calf injury. It is the same injury he received in Halle, where he withdrew from the semifinals.
“It’s not a big injury, but still, you know, I think little tear,” he said.
He won a gripping five-set match on Monday against Simone Bolelli. He told the press he knew in the fifth set he reinjured his calf.
“Got better before the first match, you know, last week,” he explaimed. “I thought it was really going to be okay. But last match in fifth set I was hurting too much. I try this two days, and warmup today. But it was hurting, you know, just walking and running, so I decide not to play today.”
He pulled out of his semifinal match in Halle against Andreas Seppi. He claimed his calf hurt during his quarterfinal match at that tournament, but still wanted to play. He retired after the fifth game in order to heal for Wimbledon. He hoped the calf would heal in time.
Santiago Giraldo will move onto the third round. He will play either wild card Denis Kudla or Alex Zverev.