Defending champion Simona Halep pulled out of Wimbledon with a calf harm as Novak Djokovic discovered Friday he’ll face Britain’s Jack Draper at first of his quest for a twentieth Grand Slam title.
Romanian Halep, who beat Serena Williams within the last in 2019, tore her left calf muscle in Rome final month and was pressured to overlook the French Open.
She travelled to London earlier this week however introduced her withdrawal minutes earlier than the draw for the championships, which return on Monday after they had been cancelled final 12 months because of the coronavirus pandemic.
“I can honestly say that I’m really down and upset about having to take this decision,” mentioned the world quantity three. “This period has been difficult but to miss the last two Majors has made it even more challenging mentally and physically.”
Halep’s withdrawal follows that of four-time Grand Slam champion Naomi Osaka, who pulled out of the French Open after citing struggles with despair and nervousness.
World primary Ashleigh Barty, who was pressured to retire from her second-round match at Roland Garros with a hip harm, opens her marketing campaign towards Spain’s Carla Suarez Navarro, who’s taking part in her last Wimbledon earlier than retirement after recovering from most cancers.
French Open champion Barbora Krejcikova takes on Dane Clara Tauson, with the Czech star bidding to win the one Grand Slam singles title her late former coach and idol Jana Novotna gained, in 1998.
Serena Williams is in search of to equal Margaret Court’s Grand Slam document of 24 Grand Slam singles titles after lacking out on equalling the mark on a number of events lately.
The 39-year-old American, seeded sixth, takes on Aliaksandra Sasnovich within the first spherical and will play German Angelique Kerber, to whom she misplaced within the 2018 last, within the third spherical.
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Djokovic eyes No. 20
The males’s draw can be lacking some huge names, with two-time winner Rafael Nadal and US Open champion Dominic Thiem additionally absent.
Eight-time winner Roger Federer, crushed within the 2019 last by Djokovic, and two-time champion Andy Murray are within the draw however there are health doubts over each gamers.
World primary Djokovic arrives on the All England Club after profitable his nineteenth Grand Slam at Roland Garros and can first face 19-year-old Draper.
One extra main for the 34-year-old Serbian, who has gained Wimbledon 5 occasions, would pull him degree with Federer and Nadal.
Federer, who is about to play skilled French campaigner Adrian Mannarino within the first spherical, is seeded sixth this 12 months however has prevented Djokovic’s half of the draw.
The Swiss grasp appears weak after shedding within the second spherical of Halle, his conventional Wimbledon warm-up event, which he has gained 10 occasions.
Britain’s Murray, who solely returned to singles play final week at Queen’s after a three-month hiatus, will play twenty fourth seed Nikoloz Basilashvili of Georgia.