A shoulder injury suffered in practice spelled doom for Vernon’s Vasek Pospisil at the U.S. Open tennis championship.
Pospisil lost in five sets to Italy’s Simone Bolelli, 2-6, 6-4, 6-2, 3-6, 6-3, in first round play Monday in New York, then revealed after the match he hurt his shoulder on a serve last week.
Pospisil fired 13 aces but was weighed down by 51 unforced errors and managed only 21 winners.
“I’ve not been serving much, I lost my rhythm,” Pospisil told reporters after the match. “I still have pain in my shoulder and that’s never a good thing.
“I couldn’t serve like I usually do, that seemed like a big part of the match today. It’s only my serve that’s affected. But you’re then not as confident on serve and not as loose on return games. It changed the whole outlook on the match.”
Pospisil will play in doubles with partner Jack Sock of the U.S., looking to win a second straight Grand Slam after the duo captured Wimbledon in July.
Fellow Canadian Milos Raonic advanced to the second round while Canadian women Françoise Abanda, Sharon Fichman and Aleksandra Wozniak were eliminated.
Eugenie Bouchard won her first-round match Tuesday.