June 29, 2019 / 2:02 PM / 2 months ago

Croatian Coric withdraws from Wimbledon with injury

Tennis - ATP 1000 - Italian Open - Foro Italico, Rome, Italy - May 16, 2019 Croatia's Borna Coric reacts during his third round match against Switzerland's Roger Federer REUTERS/Matteo Ciambelli

LONDON (Reuters) - Croatian 14th seed Borna Coric was forced to withdraw from Wimbledon on Saturday, citing an abdominal injury.

The 22-year-old had been drawn to play Slovenian Aljaz Bedene in the opening round.

Italian 17th seed Matteo Berrettini has now moved into Coric’s spot in the draw with Canadian Brayden Schnur gaining a place in the first round as a lucky loser.

Coric injured himself at Halle this month where he withdrew in his quarter-final match.

He will receive half of the 45,000 pounds ($57,118) he would have received for losing in the first round.

Reporting by Martyn Herman; Editing by Christian Radnedge

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