Damir Dzumhur reveals he twice felt a sharp pain in his back before retiring his Bastad qualifying final match after just one point played. On Monday, three-time ATP champion Dzumhur retired his Bastad match against Filip Misolic after just one point played.
Dzumhur retiring after just one point drew attention, especially in his home country Bosnia and Herzegovina. According to Dzumhur, he felt a sharp pain in his back as he was warming up for the match. After taking some painkillers, Dzumhur decided to give a shot to the match but then felt a sharp again in the first point of the match.
"I was warming up for the match on the court and after one shot, I felt a sharp pain in my back - that was it. I went to a physiotherapist, took painkillers, but there was not too much help. I felt a little better and I thought I would try to play, but already in the first point, I felt a sharp pain again as I was trying to run to the ball.
I couldn't continue because simply with such an injury you can no longer make any movement," Dzumhur told N1 television.
Dzumhur hits back at 'nasty' headlines
Dzumhur retiring after just one point drew certain speculations and Dzumhur wasn't too happy about it.
Through his Instagram Story, Dzumhur addressed the headlines that were being written in Bosnian media after his retirement in Bastad. "I really don't need to justify myself to anyone. I play tennis for myself, my family and the people who love me.
I don't win for anyone but myself, but I see that defeats are especially dear to the media. I don't mind that either. But some of the things being written are disgusting to say the least. Injury or something else? If you were genuinely interested, you would probably be a little worried and maybe even want you to know what happened, and then you would only write the real truth when you are sure what happened before the match and what the problem was.
This is how you have given many people a reason to speculate and to think of some very bad things. I would ask you that if you don't have the right information, then at least don't write something you don't know. Thank you!" Dzumhur wrote on his Instagram Story.