18 Jun 2010

Two seeds withdraw from Wimbledon

8:26 am on 18 June 2010

Seeded players Ivo Karlovic and Radek Stepanek have both withdrawn from the Wimbledon tennis tournament because of injury.

Stepanek was seeded 22 but is out with knee trouble, which will also sideline him for the Czech Republic's Davis Cup quarter-final with Chile next month.

The big-serving Croatian Karlovic was due to have been seeded 25th, but has been troubled by a foot injury.

Victor Hanescu of Romania has been elevated to number 31 seed with the remaining seed still to be announced.

At 6ft 10, Karlovic is the tallest player on the tour and at last year's Championships reached his first Grand Slam quarter-final, losing to Roger Federer.