Paul-Henri Mathieu’s Retirement Sparks British Tennis History At Queen’s
For the first time in 14 years the ATP Tour will see an all-British quarter-final following the withdrawal of Paul-Henri Mathieu from the Aegon Championships due to a wrist injury.
The French world No.61 was scheduled to play Kyle Edmund in the second round of the Aegion Championships before pulling out. It is understood that the Frenchman sustained the injury during his marathon first round win against Dan Evans. The ATP supervisor as well as a member of the Frenchman’s team has both declined to provide further details at this stage and haven’t revealed which wrist is the problem for him. The only information currently known is what Mathieu has written on his Twitter account.
“Unfortunately, after a fall on my wrist during my match yesterday I am forced to forfeit this morning,” he said.
“I’m hoping to pass the (medical) exam with nothing too serious. Thanks for your support!”
The absence of the Frenchman means that 21-year-old Edmund will progress to his second ATP quarter-final of the season and sets up the first all-British quarter-final on the tour since the 2002 Adelaide Open. Awaiting the world No.85 in the last eight will be defending champion Andy Murray.
In the wake of his run at The Queen’s Club this week, Edmund will rise inside the top-80 for the first time in his career when next week’s rankings are published. The latest breakthrough comes after a successful start to the year for the Brit, where he has claimed two Challenger titles, won his maiden masters main draw match in Miami and reached his first ATP quarter-final in Doha.
The pending quarter-final will also be the first all-British last eight encounter at The Queen’s Club in the Open era.
The last all-British quarter-final
Before this week, the last all-British encountered occurred when Lleyton Hewitt was at the top of the rankings and Roger Federer was 13th. At the 2002 AAPT Championships in Adelaide, top seed Tim Henman defeated sixth seed Greg Rusedski in straight sets before grabbing his ninth ATP title.