"Shock of the Century" man Steve Darcis pulls out of Wimbledon

A shoulder injury forced Belgium's Steve Darcis to pull out of Wimbledon. Darcis was the man who created a major upset in the opening round when he stunned two-time champion Rafael Nadal - some called it "the Shock of the Century". However, in that match, Darcis injured his right shoulder and he was unable to continue on Wednesday.

Darcis sustained the injury when he dived on the grass to catch a dropshot from Nadal. He felt the pain during the rest of the match, but the adrenaline allowed him to continue.

Yesterday, 135th-ranked Darcis was treated intensively, but this morning things hadn't improved a lot. When he started his practise, he felt heavy pains in his shoulder. It was almost impossible to hit the ball. Before seeing a doctor, his coach Reginald Willems had warned Belgian fans: "It's 99 percent sure that Steve will not be able to play his second-round match."

The bad news was confirmed a couple of hours later, when Darcis told organisers he couldn't compete. He was to face 130th-ranked Lukasz Kubot of Poland. "That's sport: the most beautiful day of your career on one day, and then the biggest disappointment ever two days later", Reginald Willems told the VRT. Kubot advanced to the third round without playing.