Malaga tennis star Alejandro Davidovich's difficult start to 2021 continued after he was forced to pull out of an ATP Challenger event in France on Wednesday following an ankle injury suffered during his match against Thomas Fabbiano. This is a further blow for Davidovich after a positive coronavirus test prevented him from taking part in the Australian Open.
World number 54 Davidovich was well on his way to victory in his debut this season against the Italian Fabbiano, leading 6-3 1-1 in their round of 32 clash in Quimper. However, he rolled his right ankle while trying to turn his body to make a seemingly innocuous shot. His distress was audible and it was quickly evident he would not be able to continue.
Davidovich had come into the tournament as top seed, hoping to put the disappointment of missing the Australian Open behind him. A positive coronavirus test on 7 January meant he was not able to travel to take part.
He is expected to determine soon whether he will have recovered in time to take part in the Biella Challenger event in Italy in two weeks' time. However, the injury means that Davidovich could be out of action until the ATP Tour 250 event in Montpellier from 22 to 28 February.
Davidovich has responded to this latest setback in good humour, posting a video of him going down injured on Instagram complete with the caption: "Bad day at the office".