Retirements Plague Wimbledon on Day 2 of Championships

Today was a disappointing day at Wimbledon with four more players retiring during the first round after three retired yesterday, including both Djokovic and Federer’s opponents.

Klizan pulled out at 6-3, 2-0 and Dolgopolov pulled out at 6-3, 3-0. I think they need to start doing something about these retirements but if you are a lower ranked player who doesn’t make money then it is hard to blame you for wanting to get that first round prize money at all costs.

Nishikori’s constant retirements and his retirement in Madrid against Djokovic particularly bothered me. Top players should receive some kind of penalty to stop them from playing when there is a risk of injury like having to miss the next two weeks if they retire during a match.

The capitalist model already favors the top players so much that they should not be able to take the spot of someone in the draw who badly needs it.

 It’s also bad for the fans. Apparently, Klizan already had the injury in the warm-up event last week so he should not have played, to begin with. He was just there to pick up the first round prize money of £35 000. That is unacceptable.

It doesn’t help Djokovic either who needs court time. It helps no one but the player who retires. If a lower ranked player was allowed to play instead it could have benefited him immensely. Not just in terms of much-needed money but in terms of experience. Such are the shortcomings of capitalism.

Djokovic plays Pavlasek next while Federer plays Lajovic. Both of them just about played a practice set out on center court so their next rounds will be more like their first matches.

One of the players who retired today was 19th seed Lopez who was in Djokovic’s bracket. Not a bad break for Djokovic but he still has Del Potro and Monfils in that section. Del Potro, in particular, is dangerous and defeated another dangerous player Kokkinakis in a very competitive four-setter today.

The only other seed that tumbled out in the bottom half today was Dickey Gasquet who lost in four sets to Ferrer. The two matches where I saw potential upsets was Del Potro’s and Thiem vs Pospisil. Del Potro’s match was very competitive but Thiem easily defeated Pospisil so well done to him.

He does have a win over Federer and a title on grass so he shouldn’t be underestimated on the surface.

As for tomorrow, the two main matches of Murray vs Brown and Nadal vs Young will be on Center Court again but there will be plenty other interesting matches too. Let’s hope it goes better than today.

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9 Comments

  1. Now It is a Cakewalk for Djokoviv to reach Semis.Djokovic owns Monfils And It would be miracle for thiem to defeat Nole.As regarding delpotro he has A Open weakness his Backhand and Djokovic whenever in a state of Bother Can exploit It.Nadal Has Khacanov Muller and then Cilic .And Cilic is in top form .It going to be very tough for Nadal.

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    Ru-an Reply:

    I disagree that Djoker has a cakewalk. Del Potro is very tough and almost beat Djokovic in 2013 but probably cost him the title. The bh is not what it was but the slice is still very effective on grass. I do agree that Nadal has a pretty tough draw.

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  2. Cilic is in Topform. I agree. But it is Cilic! Nadal is the new Number 1 after Wimbledon. I hope Djokovic can win the Tournament.

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    Ru-an Reply:

    🤔 Is this @woodshednation from Twitter? You don’t make much sense!

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Sorry, I understand you now. You are right that Nadal will likely be #1 after Wimbledon!

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    Gilbert Reply:

    I don’t like that. But don’t want that Murray/Lendl again started another second half like in 2016. Nadal is my second choice for the Top Ranking after Djokovic. I mean inside the Big 3 plus Stan and Andy. Djokovic is my favorite Player those who still active.

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    Gilbert Reply:

    FROM THOSE

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