Mackenzie McDonald's grass season in jeopardy as he pulls out of Wimbledon


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Mackenzie McDonald's grass season in jeopardy as he pulls out of Wimbledon

Rising American star Mackenzie McDonald could miss the whole grass season as he has withdrawn from Wimbledon. The 24-year-old failed to make it past the Wimbledon qualifying event in 2017 but debuted in the main draw at The All England Club last year.

The American had a good Wimbledon debut as he reached the round before losing in four sets to 2016 Wimbledon runner-up Milos Raonic. Previous, No. 65 McDonald withdrew from this week's Libema Open in 's-Hertogenbosch.

The American last played at the French Open, where he was edged out by Japanese Yoshihito Nishioka in the first round. It remains to be seen will former world No. 57 McDonald enter Newport and still play at least one event this grass season.

Meanwhile, a place in the Wimbledon main draw has opened for Uzbekistan's Denis Istomin following the withdrawal of McDonald. The 32-year-old, who debuted at The Championships in 2009, is set to make his 11th consecutive appearance at the tournament.

World No. 96 Istomin's best result at Wimbledon came in 2012, when he made the round-of-16 before losing to Russian Mikhail Youzhny. Istomin's last two Wimbledon campaigns ended with a first round defeat as the former world No.

33 will certainly be motivated to have a better campaign at The Championships this year. Wimbledon will be held from July 01-14.