An elbow injury will keep Sam Querrey out of the Wimbledon draw, and the 6-foot-6 American is expected to miss the remainder of the grass-court season.
According to a source, the 40th-ranked baseliner, who reached the fourth round at the All England Club in 2010 but got off to a slow start on grass this year when he lost to No. 216 James Ward at the Queen’s Club 3-6, 6-3, 6-4, has floating bone spurs in his elbow and is scheduled to undergo an MRI.
Querrey complained of arm pain following his loss to the unheralded British wildcard. His place in the draw will go to a lucky loser from the qualifying tournament.
Aussie Open champ Kim Clijsters joined the pullout parade, too, withdrawing with an injury of her own. The No. 2-ranked Belgian said she injured her right foot at the Unicef Open in the Netherlands. She stumbled during her 7-6 (5), 6-3 loss to Italy's Romina Oprandi, but said it wasn't related to her previous foot ailment.
“I feel frustrated that it has to happen now before one of my favorite tournaments,” said Clijsters. “I've always enjoyed being a part of the Wimbledon atmosphere, but I have no other choice now but to rest, recover and to not play tennis for a few weeks.”