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Steve Darcis of Belgium reacts as he defeats Rafael Nadal of Spain in their Men's first round singles match at Wimbledon. Darcis had to withdraw from the tournament in the next round.

Kirsty Wigglesworth, Associated Press - Ap

Open-era record 7 walkovers, retirements on single day

  • June 26, 2013 - 11:30 PM

LONDON — Seven players were knocked out of Wimbledon on Wednesday by withdrawals or mid-match retirements, believed to be the most in one day at a Grand Slam tournament in the 45-year Open era.

Second-seeded Victoria Azarenka and sixth-seeded Jo-Wilfried Tsonga were among the players departing on Day 3 at the All England Club.

Also out: Steve Darcis, the man who stunned Rafael Nadal in the first round; John Isner, who won the longest match in tennis history at Wimbledon in 2010; 10th-seeded Marin Cilic; 2006 quarterfinalist Radek Stepanek; and Yaroslava Shvedova.

The International Tennis Federation said it believed the previous high total for one day at a major tournament was five, which happened on the first day of competition at Wimbledon last year, June 25.

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