Monday 22 January 2018

Nadal conqueror Darcis forced out of Wimbledon through injury

File photo dated 24/6/2013 of Belgium's Steve Darcis. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Wednesday June 26, 2013. Rafael Nadal's conqueror Steve Darcis has withdrawn from Wimbledon due to a shoulder injury, the ATP has confirmed. See PA story WIMBLEDON Darcis. Photo credit should read: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire
File photo dated 24/6/2013 of Belgium's Steve Darcis. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Wednesday June 26, 2013. Rafael Nadal's conqueror Steve Darcis has withdrawn from Wimbledon due to a shoulder injury, the ATP has confirmed. See PA story WIMBLEDON Darcis. Photo credit should read: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

Simon Peach

Rafael Nadal's conqueror Steve Darcis has withdrawn from Wimbledon due to a shoulder injury, it was confirmed today.

The Belgian's coach Reginald Willem had warned this morning it was unlikely Darcis would be able to play his second-round clash with Poland's Lukasz Kubot.

And the ATP, the governors of the men's tennis tour, confirmed to Press Association Sport that a right shoulder problem had forced him out.

The 29-year-old caused the shock of the first round at the All England Club, knocking out 12-time grand slam winner Nadal in straight sets.

It emerged that Darcis injured his shoulder during the match against Nadal, the biggest win of his career.

Coach Willems said the injury had left him unable to move his arm today.

Speaking before the official announcement arrived, Willems told Belgian publication Sudpresse: "There is a 99% chance that Steve will not play his second match.

"He has had an injection this morning but it will be very hard for him to go out to play.

"That's sport, unfortunately: the greatest victory of his career is followed by the greatest disappointment of his career."

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