Knee Injury Forces Djokovic To Withdraw From French Open

Novak Djokovic has withdrawn from the French Open due to a knee injury.

Djokovic needed 5 sets again to win his 4th round match, and he won the last 2 sets to claw his way into the quarterfinals against Casper Ruud. 

But in the 3rd round, Djokovic also needed 5 sets to pull out a win in a match that started at 10:30 at night and ended at 3 o’clock the following morning.  That proved to be too much for his ailing knee, and he was forced to pull out.

Ruud knocked off Taylor Fritz of the U-S in 4 sets, and now jumps right into the semifinals.  There are no American men left in the men’s singles competition. 

The finalists from this year’s BNP Paribas Open are on a collision course in the French Open semi’s if they can both win their quarterfinal matches today.  Champ Carlos Alcaraz takes on Stefanos Tsitsipas, while Jannik Sinner plays Grigor Dimitrov.

 

Coco Gauff of the U-S has fought her way to the semifinals at the French Open. She won a 3-set match against Ons Jeabeur, and will face top seed Iga Swiatek in the semi’s. Iga clobbered Marketa Vondrousova to advance.

Gauff is the only American woman left in the draw at the French Open.

The top 4 Women’s seeds are still in the running for the title.  Gauff is seeded 3rd.

 

Desirae Krawczyk of Palm Desert has advanced to the Women’s Doubles Quarterfinals on Thursday with her partner Caroline Dolehide. 

Tuesday  Krawczyk teams with her partner Neil Skupski in the Mixed Doubles  quarterfinals.