Wimbledon 2013: Michael Llodra becomes the latest withdrawal as injuries continue to mount
Frenchman joins the seven players to withdraw yesterday with conditions of the court remaining in the spotlight
The latest twist in this Wimbledon's injury saga came from the Frenchman Michael Llodra, who withdrew after one set of a singles match claiming injury, then took part in doubles a few hours later, becoming a winner when an opponent had to pull out.
Llodra cited a hamstring injury during his second round match against the 23rd seed Andreas Seppi, who had won the first set 7-5. He decided it was more important to concentrate on his doubles match, partnering fellow-countryman Nicolas Mahut in a match against the Czech pair Jan Hajek and Jaroslav Levinsky, in which Levinsky pulled out after nine games with a back problem.
Llodra, who has a long history of retirements, said: "I have a problem since a couple of weeks ago with my hamstrings. It happened in the French Open. Since that, it's painful like every day.
"I pulled out from Queen's two weeks ago and today I was not [fit] enough to play singles. Doubles is easier, you play halfcourt."
He admitted it would be difficult for spectators to understand, but insisted: "The season is long. I promise, if I can continue, I continue. This is one of my favourite slams. You have to make some decisions. It was not easy. But in my mind I think I have chances to win the doubles. Not in singles like this. So the choice is very easy."
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