LONDON – No. 5 Kei Nishikori withdrew from Wimbledon prior to his second round match on Wednesday, due to a left calf injury. Nishikori injured his leg three weeks ago at a warm-up tournament in Halle, Germany, which forced him to retire in the semifinals. The withdrawal gives Santiago Giraldo a walkover into the third round.
"I thought it was really going to be okay," Nishikori said, referring to his injury. "But [in my] last match in the the fifth set I was hurting too much. I try this two days, and warmup today. But it was hurting just walking and running, so I decided not to play."
Nishikori does not know the extent of the injury but he has a month before his next tournament at the Citi Open in Washington D.C. "I thought I was playing well on grass. So very unfortunate to lose this chance. But I'll try to keep it up. Hopefully I can do well in the U.S. series."