Stefanos Tsitsipas pulled out of the ATP Finals on Tuesday after a back injury led to him retiring from his match with Holger Rune early in the first set.
Sixth seed Tsitsipas was trailing the opening set 2-1 when he was forced to quit the Green Group match, handing Finals debutant Holger Rune his first ever win in the season-ending tournament.
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“My doctors and the countless visits that I had in the last few days suggested that I play… Unfortunately I felt terrible on the court. I did what I could do in best possible way to be ready and fit for this match, But it didn’t work out for me.”
Hubert Hurkacz will now step in to play Tsitsipas’ final match against Novak Djokovic with no chance of progressing to the semi-finals following two defeats for the Greek.