In a tournament that has seen injuries impact several top players already, South Africa’s Kevin Anderson became the sixth and latest athlete to retire in the 2017 French Open.
Anderson, who entered the tournament unseeded, was down two sets to Croatian Marin Cilic when an injury to his left thigh forced him to pull out of the match. His withdrawal moved Cilic into the quarterfinals of Roland Garros for the first time in his career.
Despite the injury, Anderson managed an impressive run in the French Open, particularly for an unseeded player. Anderson advanced to the Round of 16 after upsetting No. 18 Nick Kyrgios, prompting Kyrgios to smash his racquet against the court in anger. He then prevailed in a marathon five-set match with Britain’s Kyle Edmund to earn the chance to play in the fourth round, but, in the end, the pain in his thigh proved too much for Anderson.