Canadian Denis Shapovalov was dropped from the men’s draw at Wimbledon after suffering a four-set, fourth-round loss to Russia’s Roman Safiullin on Sunday in London.
Safiullin, ranked 92nd in the world, toppled Shapovalov, of Richmond Hill, Ontario, 3-6, 6-3, 6-1, 6-3 on Court No. 2 at the All England Club.
Shapovalov, the 26th seed, committed 11 double faults and won just one of three break points.
Safiullin, who won 75 per cent of her first serves, hit five of nine break chances.
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Shapovalov was the last Canadian remaining in the singles draw after Bianca Andreescu lost to Tunisia’s Ons Jabeur in the third round on Saturday.
The 24-year-old said he would prefer not to have surgery for the knee injury that hampered him in his loss, but admitted he will need to take a break from tennis to address the issue.
Shapovalov said his knee had been affecting him since he reached the ATP 500 Vienna Open final in October last year.
“It has been intermittent since Vienna last year…” Shapovalov told reporters.
“I was definitely considering skipping all the clay and most of the grass and just going to Wimbledon, but it sounded so much sweeter, you know, playing Roland Garros and then playing on grass.
Shapovalov said it would probably take a minimum of two months to treat the injury, adding: “Hopefully there’s no surgery. Obviously, with surgery it would be a lot longer.”
“After today it’s a bit difficult. A pretty big setback. Towards the end of the game I couldn’t even walk let alone play.
“That’s probably the worst thing that’s happened in a long time. I need to talk to the team. I need to try to see more specialists and see what I can do.”
Fernández, fellow American eliminated from doubles game
Also on Sunday, Leylah Fernandez, of Laval, Qué., and her American partner Taylor Townsend were eliminated from the women’s doubles match after losing their second round match 6-4, 7-6, 6-3 to Caroline Garcia of France. and Luisa Stefani from Brazil. .
Fernandez and fellow Dutchman Wesley Koolhof advanced to the second round in the mixed doubles with a 7-5, 7-5 win over Angel Chan of Taiwan and Fabrice Martin of France on Sunday.
Fernández and Koolhof will next play the British duo formed by Jonny O’Mara and Olivia Nicholls.