World No. 5 Stan Wawrinka was forced out of his second-round Rogers Cup match against Nick Kyrgios on Wednesday because of a back injury.
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Wawrinka Exits Early
Wednesday, Aug. 12
Ben Rothenberg of the New York Times reported that Wawrinka's retirement was in part to not give Kyrgios the "satisfaction" of a win. The two heavy hitters played a heated match, trading as many verbal barbs as points, until Wawrinka's back began causing problems.
There is no word on the severity of Wawrinka's injury, but the timing could not be worse. The Rogers Cup is one of just two marquee events remaining before the U.S. Open begins at the end of the month. Wawrinka might be able to find his hard-court form in Cincinnati next week, but it's equally possible that he'll come into the year's final Grand Slam cold.
A winner at this year's French Open, Wawrinka has made it to at least the quarterfinals in his last two appearances at Flushing Meadows. If the back injury proves to be something serious, it could wind up something that causes his year to end on a low note. At the very least his status is worth monitoring over the next few days.