July 3, 2018 / 4:35 PM / a month ago

Tennis-Thiem's Wimbledon bid ends with first-round retirement

LONDON, July 3 (Reuters) - French Open runner-up Dominic Thiem’s Wimbledon adventure ended abruptly in the first round on Tuesday as he retired with an apparent back injury while trailing Cypriot Marcos Baghdatis.

The Austrian was sprawled on his stomach on Court Two as he received a deep-tissue back massage from the trainer before the start of the third set.

The trainer then rolled the seventh seed on to his back to manipulate Thiem’s shoulders but the intervention failed to have the desired affect as he called it quits after losing the next two games.

Baghdatis was leading 6-4 7-5 2-0 when Thiem retired. (Reporting by Pritha Sarkar, editing by Ed Osmond)

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