Alex De Minaur Withdraws from Wimbledon Due to Hip Injury

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Alex de Minaur’s Wimbledon Dreams Shattered by Freak Hip Injury

Wimbledon, London – Australian tennis star Alex de Minaur’s hopes for a Wimbledon title were dashed on Wednesday due to a freak hip injury. De Minaur, who was set to face Novak Djokovic in the biggest match of his career, knew his chances were slim the moment he stepped onto the practice court.

The world No. 9 sustained the injury during his fourth-round victory over Arthur Fils. He heard a loud pop in his hip while reaching for a forehand, an injury later confirmed as a tear high on the adductor connecting to the abdomen. Despite finishing the match, a specialist confirmed on Wednesday that de Minaur would need to rest for three to six weeks, putting his participation in the upcoming Olympics in Paris in jeopardy.

“I’m devastated but had to withdraw due to the injury,” de Minaur said. “I felt a loud crack during my last three points against Fils and got a scan yesterday that confirmed the injury. Playing could risk worsening it, possibly sidelining me for up to four months.”

This news comes as a major setback for the 25-year-old, who had reached the Wimbledon quarterfinals for the first time. With a live ATP ranking of No. 6, de Minaur was aiming to debut at the Olympics, but now his participation is uncertain.

“They couldn’t give a definite recovery time,” he said. “It’s a unique injury, and it depends on how quickly my body heals. It could be three to six weeks.”

De Minaur’s injury occurred during a critical moment of his fourth-round match. After a superb volley to close out the win, he walked stiffly to the net, already concerned about the potential severity of his condition.

“I haven’t really enjoyed my achievements this week because I knew something bad happened,” he said. “I’ve been worrying and waiting to see what the results would show. In the grand scheme, it could have been worse.”

The injury has also affected his sleep and daily activities, as he hoped for a miracle recovery that didn’t come. De Minaur emphasized the risk of aggravating the injury if he played, particularly against a formidable opponent like Djokovic.

Djokovic, who will now be playing in his 13th Wimbledon semi-final, awaits either Taylor Fritz of the United States or Italy’s Lorenzo Musetti for a spot in Sunday’s championship match.

In the wake of de Minaur’s withdrawal, attention will shift to 2021 Wimbledon champion Ash Barty. Her legends doubles match with Casey Dellacqua has been rescheduled to Centre Court, ensuring the spotlight remains on Australian tennis at the All England Lawn Tennis Club.

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