Photo: Paul ZimmerPhilipp Petzschner (GER)
LONDON, GREAT BRITAIN: Croatia’s Ivo Karlovic has been forced to withdraw from the Olympic Tennis Event, having been unable to recover from a foot injury sustained since July.
That means that Germany’s Philipp Petzschner, already competing in the doubles with Christopher Kas, takes Karlovic’s place in the men’s singles draw and will face Slovak Lukas Lacko in the opening round.
World No. 59 Karlovic, who lost to Andy Murray in the second round at Wimbledon, was still on crutches just 10 days ago and arrived in London hoping for a swift recovery. He was representing Croatia in the men’s singles event alongside No. 15 Marin Cilic and No. 95 Ivan Dodig.
Petzschner, drafted in as the next highest ranked singles player on site, now makes his Olympics singles debut. Currently ranked No. 92, but a former Top 40 player, the 28-year old has already made in-roads on grass this year, having finished runner-up at ‘s-Hertogenbosch as a qualifier. He was also runner-up on grass at Halle last year.
Petzschner has already experienced the joy of winning on the grass of The All England Club, having won the 2010 Wimbledon men’s doubles title two years ago with regular doubles partner Jurgen Melzer of Austria.
In 2011, they went on to take their second Grand Slam crown at the US Open, and this year they almost had another stab at the Wimbledon title, just falling short in the semifinals to Robert Lindstedt and Horia Tecau.