In Daily Drops today: Wimbledon loses a former Grand Slam finalist due to injury, Rafael Nadal gets kind words - and a beating - from a top ATP youngster, and is Iga Swiatek low on confidence?
Madison Keys out of Wimbledon
The women's Wimbledon draw got a little weaker on Saturday as former US Open finalist Madison Keys withdrew due to injury.
“This isn’t what I was hoping to say a few days before Wimbledon, but unfortunately I have to withdraw due to an abdominal injury," Keys tweeted.
“I’m so disappointed, but my health comes first and my body needs time to get back to 100%. Lots of love London fans. See you next year."
Keys was the 19th seed at Wimbledon and a projected third-round opponent for Emma Raducanu. Her place will be taken by Zhang Shuai, with lucky loser Coco Vandeweghe taking Zhang's line.
Iga Swiatek not sounding confident
Iga Swiatek goes into Wimbledon riding a 35-match winning streak and most people's favourite in the women's singles.
However, she herself does not appear to be feeling all that confident due to the switch to grass.
"Honestly I still feel like I need to figure out grass," she said. "Last year, for sure, it was that kind of tournament where I didn't know what to expect.
"Then match by match I realised maybe I can do more and more. Still this year I only played, like, 10 days on grass, so it's not a lot. I didn't have a lot of time to prepare.
"But I'm just trying to stay open-minded and kind of take positives from the situation and realise that I can play without any expectations."
Felix pays tribute to Rafa
Felix Auger-Aliassime is a projected quarterfinal opponent for Rafael Nadal at Wimbledon and he gave him an almighty scare at Roland Garros.
Now he has beaten him at Hurlingham too, where he came out on top in a supertiebreak after they shared two sets.
He had plenty of nice words for Rafa afterwards, though.
"We’re competitors we try to win whenever we can, even when practicing for major tournaments.
"He [Rafael Nadal] is a great inspiration to me, it’s a pleasure and privilege to get to play him. I had a great week, so thank you and maybe see you next year."
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