Petra Kvitova pulled out of the French Open on Tuesday after suffering a freak
ankle injury by falling during her “post-match press requirements”.
“It’s incredibly bad luck, but I will stay strong and do my best to recover in time for
the grass-court season,” said Kvitova.
No 11 seed Kvitova, 31, who twice reached the Roland Garros semi-finals, says she “fell
and hurt herself” following Sunday’s first-round win over Greet Minnen.
Her scheduled Russian opponent Elena Vesnina gets a bye to the last 32.
All interviews at the French Open are conducted virtually, via the Microsoft Teams online
platform. And Czech star said: “It’s with great disappointment that I announce my
withdrawal from Roland Garros.
“Unfortunately, after an MRI (scan) and much discussion with my team, I have made
the tough decision that it would be unwise to play on it.
“It’s incredibly bad luck, but I will stay strong and do my best to recover in time for the
Kvitova had saved a match point in beating Minnen 6-7 7-6 6-1.