The British No 1 injured his right foot during his 4-6, 6-1, 6-4 defeat by Italy's Omar Camporese and, to compound his concern over the reverse, he finished the match operating with 'about 50 per cent of my mobility'. He will have a precautionary X-ray this morning.
The injury occurred midway through the the second set when the British No 1 got a sudden stabbing pain. 'It was a mystery,' he said. 'I'd not gone over on the ankle or anything. From then on it played on my mind. On a grass court, when you are serving and volleying, you slam your foot down all the time, and I lost the confidence to do that.'
On a less than satisfactory day for the home country, Chris Bailey also went out of the tournament, losing to Australia's Peter Rafter 6-3, 6-7, 6-3, but Mark Petchey defeated Christo Van Rensberg, who reached the semi-finals at Queen's last week, 6-0, 2-6, 7-5. The British No 2, the last home player in the event, will now meet Steve Bryan, of the United States.Reuse content