Jason Kubler changes his shirt during a changeover in his match against Taylor Fritz. Picture: Kevin Hagen/AP
Jason Kubler changes his shirt during a changeover in his match against Taylor Fritz. Picture: Kevin Hagen/AP

Luckless Aussie suffers US Open despair

LUCKLESS Australian tennis battler Jason Kubler has suffered a gut-wrenching second-round blow at the US Open in New York.

Closing in on the most significant win of his injury-plagued career, Kubler was forced to retire against American young gun Taylor Fritz after rolling his ankle late in the third set.

Unable to move or serve, Kubler reluctantly called it quits while trailing 6-3 3-6 6-3.

He had fought back from a break down in the set to be holding game point serving at 3-4 when disaster struck.

Kubler crumpled to the court in despair after his right foot got stuck in the sticky cement surface while reaching for a forehand on another baking hot day at Flushing Meadows.

After several minutes of treatment from the tour physio, Kubler received generous applause from the crowd as he hobbled to his changeover chair to have the ankle taped.

He gamely played on but, immediately upon the resumption from his medical time-out, the 25-year-old hit two weak forehand errors to gift Fritz a break before the American closed out the set as Kubler walked gingerly back to his chair. With the US Open's new heat rule in effect, the two players opted to take a 10-minute break.

But it didn't help Kubler at all, the Queenslander playing only two points of the fourth set before conceding.

Only two days ago, Kubler savoured his long-awaited first-ever win at a grand slam after waiting eight years between majors due to six rounds of knee surgery. The former world No. 1 junior was already assured of a career-high payday of $127,000 for reaching the second round.

A win over Fritz would have earned Kubler $213,000 - and possibly more. Instead he must settle for a projected rankings rise to a career-best No. 90 in the world - after languishing at 945th this time last year.



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