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Marin Cilic (COVID-19) withdraws from Wimbledon

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June 3, 2022; Paris, France; Marin Cilic (CRO) returns a shot during his  semifinal match against Casper Ruud (NOR) on day 13 of the French Open at Stade Roland-Garros. Mandatory Credit: Susan Mullane-USA TODAY Sports
Credit: Susan Mullane-USA TODAY Sports

Marin Cilic of Croatia announced Monday that he has withdrawn from Wimbledon due to an ongoing case of COVID-19.

Cilic was seeded No. 14 and scheduled to play his first-round match against American Mackenzie McDonald on Tuesday. He was replaced in the draw by lucky loser Nuno Borges of Portugal.

Cilic, 33, reached the semifinals of the French Open earlier this month as the No. 20 seed. He won his only Grand Slam title at the 2014 U.S. Open and was a Wimbledon finalist in 2017, when he lost to Swiss great Roger Federer.

In a post on Instagram, Cilic indicated that he tested positive sometime before Monday but is still experiencing symptoms.

“I have been self-isolating and was hopeful I would be ready but unfortunately I am still feeling unwell & unable to compete at my best,” Cilic wrote. “I am heartbroken to be missing @Wimbledon & to see my grass season end this way. Looking forward to competing again next year!”

–Field Level Media