Joe-Wilfried Tsonga has become the latest in a series of players to withdraw from Wimbledon through injury.
Tsonga becomes the sixth retirement of the day in an unprecedented day of withdrawals and joins Steve Darcis, Victoria Azarenka, Marin Cilic, John Isner and Radek Stepanek to be forced to exit the competition through injury.
The Frenchman picked up a knee injury in his match against Ernest Gulbis, which he received treatment for during the game. The sixth seed was trailing the Latvian 6-3, 3-6, 3-6 when he made the tough decision to retire.
Caroline Wozniacki also appeared to suffer an injury to her ankle after slipping during her defeat against Petra Cetkovska, although she completed the match.
Maria Sharapova, meanwhile, seems to be struggling with the conditions currently and could audibly be heard saying “this court is dangerous”, whilst making vehement complaints to the umpire about the state of Court Two.
The second seed in the women’s draw is a set down against Michelle Larcher de Brito.
The exit of Tsonga leaves Gulbis to face Fernando Verdasco in the third-round and removes a potentially dangerous quarter-final opponent for Andy Murray from the tournament.
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