Cameron Norrie became the second British hope to suffer an injury scare ahead of Roland Garros after being eliminated from the Italian Open after a 5-7, 6-2, 6-1 loss to veteran Marin Cilic.
The ninth seed struggled with his right foot during the last 32 contests in Rome and required treatment in the third set.
By that point, Cilic had taken control and would claim a memorable win in the Italian capital, but Norrie’s attention was likely focused on the end of a frustrating match at this month’s French Open.
Emma Raducanu had to retire injured in Tuesday’s women’s draw and a day later the world No. 11 suffered a setback ahead of the second Grand Slam in 2022.
Norrie had gotten off to a poor start to round two, appearing to be distracted by a nearby helicopter for the Coppa Italia final at the Stadio Olimpico before breaking back twice to win the opener 7-5 in an hour.
There was déjà vu early in game two as Cilic broke again in game six, but this time he didn’t give up control.
After Juventus made an impressive turnaround to defeat Inter Milan 2-1, the Croatian made a similar comeback, winning nine straight games and moving close to the last 16.
Britain’s number one Norrie was able to avoid a bagel in the third set but only after receiving treatment on the right ankle at 3-0 in the decider.
The game stoppage did not deter former US Open champion Cilic, who secured the win in two hours and five minutes, much to the delight of the Italian crowd.
For Norris, like Raducanu, he faces a race against time to recover enough to feature at the French Open later this month.