Wimbledon 2015: Kei Nishikori withdraws due to injury
US Open runner-up Kei Nishikori is forced to retire from Wimbledon due to injury
Kei Nishikori has been forced to withdraw from Wimbledon due to injury.
The fifth seed was due to play Santiago Giraldo in the second round on Centre Court on Wednesday afternoon but the Japanese No1 pulled out due to a calf injury.
It was hurting, just walking and running, so I decide not to play today
Nishikori, who finished as runner-up to Marin Cilic at the US Open last year, revealed that he was still suffering from an injury problem that flared up in Halle.
“It’s very disappointing,” Nishikori told his media conference.
“Especially as it’s a Grand Slam. I thought I was playing well on grass. So very unfortunate to lose this chance.”
The 25-year-old had moved into the second round at SW19 courtesy of a five-set victory over Simone Bolelli.
And Nishikori explained that the calf injury started to become an issue in the fifth set of his first round match.
“[The injury] Got better before the first match last week. I thought it was really going to be okay. But last match in fifth set I was hurting too much.
“I tried these two days and the warm-up today. But it was hurting, just walking and running, so I decided not to play today.”