Canadian tennis star Milos Raonic has announced his withdrawal from Wimbledon due to a calf injury. Raonic, a former world No. 3, hasn't played since losing in the Miami Masters round-of-16. Raonic, now ranked at No. 18 in the world, achieved his best Wimbledon result in 2016.
Back then, the Canadian made the Wimbledon final before losing to three-time Grand Slam champion Andy Murray. Raonic acknowledged that Wimbledon is one of his top goals for the season and he is sad to have to withdraw from the tournament.
“It is a pinnacle in my schedule each and every year,” Raonic wrote to his 357,000 followers. “I was working hard preparing many of the recent tournaments. On the second to last day I hurt my calf. I have been working hard to heal it but had a minor set back.
“Therefore I won’t be ready for Wimbledon. I will be working hard to get back as soon as possible."
Raonic joins Rafael Nadal on the Wimbledon withdrawal list
Record 20-time Grand Slam champion Nadal is also set to skip Wimbledon.
“I have decided not to participate at this year’s Championships at Wimbledon and the Olympic Games in Tokyo. It’s never an easy decision to take but after listening to my body and discuss(ing) it with my team I understand that it is the right decision,” Nadal posted on his Twitter account on Thursday.
"The goal is to prolong my career and continue to do what makes me happy, that is to compete at the highest level and keep fighting for those professional and personal goals at the maximum level of competition. “The Olympic Games always meant a lot and they were always a priority as a sports person, I found the spirit that every sports person in the world wants to live.
“I personally had the chance to live three of them and had the honour to be the flag bearer for my country”.