LONDON — Juan Martin del Potro withdrew from the grass-court tournament at Queen’s Club on Friday because of injury, putting his participation at Wimbledon in doubt.
Del Potro injured his groin at the French Open, where he lost to Andy Murray in the third round. He later pulled out of a tournament in the Netherlands because of the injury.
Posting on Twitter, del Potro wrote “following my doctor’s advice, I won’t be able to play Queen’s this year since I am still recovering from my injury.”
Del Potro reached the semifinals at Wimbledon in 2013 and won the U.S. Open in 2009. But he missed playing in major tournaments for 2 1-2 years because of three operations on his left wrist, returning to Grand Slam action at Wimbledon in 2016.
A few weeks after last year’s Wimbledon, del Potro made a surprising run to the final at the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, losing to Murray and settling for the silver medal.
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) Two-time former champion Victoria Azarenka has been awarded a wild card for the Australian Open.
Azarenka, who won the Australian Open in 2012 and 2013, has been involved in a custody dispute involving her son Leo, who was born last Dec. 19.
She hasn’t competed anywhere since Wimbledon, where she lost to Simona Halep in the fourth round on July 10. The dispute with her former partner started shortly after Wimbledon ended.
Azarenka has played only six matches this year and is ranked 208th.
Australian Open tournament director Craig Tiley said on Wednesday that every assistance would be provided to the former No. 1, adding “Vika’s current situation is obviously very difficult for her and we have reached out to offer any support we can.”
The Australian Open starts on Jan. 15.
LONDON — Rafael Nadal and Garbine Muguruza have won the International Tennis Federation’s player of the year awards.
At 31, Nadal becomes the oldest ITF men’s world champion after a season in which he won a 10th French Open and a third U.S. Open.
The Spaniard also became the oldest player to finish the year at No. 1 since the ATP rankings began in 1973.
Muguruza dropped only one set en route to her first Wimbledon title and finished the year at No. 2 behind Simona Halep.
“Becoming ITF world champion in such a competitive year is amazing for me,” said Muguruza, who is also Spanish. “(Nadal) is a great role model for all of us, so it is a great moment for tennis in Spain.”