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Illness forces Söderling to drop US Open bid

Sixth-seeded Swede Robin Söderling withdrew from the US Open because of illness prior to his first-round match on Wednesday and was replaced in the draw by Brazil's Rogerio Dutra Da Silva.

Illness forces Söderling to drop US Open bid
A file photo of Robin Söderling from 2008

Söderling, a two-time French Open finalist ranked sixth in the world, was to have made his 15th consecutive Grand Slam appearance.

“He feels awful,” his agent Nina Wennerström told the TT news agency newspaper.

“He’s got a headache and stomach pains. The doctor things it may be a virus related to a throat infection.”

The 27-year-old Swede was enjoying a banner year on the ATP tour with titles in Brisbane, Rotterdam, Marseille and Båstad.

He had never previously won more than two titles in the same year.

“He simply felt too poorly to play a five-setter in a Grand Slam tournament,” said Wennerström.

Lucky loser Da Silva will take on Irish qualifier Louk Sorensen.

Sorensen takes the court a day after countryman Conor Niland, feeling the effects of food poisoning, lost an abbreviated match to world number one Novak

Djokovic.

By advancing into the main draw from qualifying Sorenson and Niland made history by giving Ireland multiple representation in a Grand Slam men’s singles field for the first time.

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SPORT

Björn Borg’s son Leo set to make his Wimbledon debut

Four decades after Swedish tennis legend Björn Borg won a fifth consecutive Wimbledon title, his 16-year-old son Leo Borg is reportedly set to make his debut at the tournament.

Björn Borg's son Leo set to make his Wimbledon debut
Leo Borg's Wimbledon debut is yet to be officially confirmed. Photo: Hanna Franzén/TT

According to reports in British tabloid The Sun and Swedish tabloid Expressen, Borg will be awarded a wildcard to play in the Wimbledon junior event.

“Leo is very grateful about getting a wildcard for the qualifiers to junior Wimbledon,” Björn Borg told Swedish tabloid Aftonbladet.

“It will be an incredible experience and useful practice for the future,” he added.

A spokeswoman for the Wimbledon tournament did not want to confirm the decision, only saying that wildcard announcements and the main draw for the Juniors tournament would be made next week.

If confirmed, Leo Borg’s Wimbledon debut comes 39 years after Björn Borg defeated American rival John McEnroe, winning him his fifth consecutive Wimbledon title.

The iconic match has been called one of the greatest matches of all time and the story was adapted for the screen in the 2017 feature film Borg vs McEnroe, where Leo, bearing a striking resemblance to his fatther, played a younger version of Björn Borg.

During the 1970s and early 1980s Björn Borg won a total of 11 Grand Slam titles, five Wimbledons and six French Opens.


Björn Borg after winning his fifth consecutive Wimbledon title in 1980. Photo: Scanpix/TT

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