Dan Evans and Juan Martin del Potro have both withdrawn from next week’s Aegon Championships at Queen’s Club because of injury, while Johanna Konta marches on in Nottingham.
British No 3 Evans faces a race to be fit for Wimbledon after suffering a calf injury at a tournament in Surbiton last week.
The 27-year-old had to retire during his quarter-final against Dustin Brown and was seen on crutches after pulling out of this week’s Aegon Open in Nottingham.
Former US Open champion Del Potro is still struggling with the groin problem that hampered him at the French Open.
James Ward has been given a wild card into the tournament as he continues his comeback from a knee injury.
The 30-year-old, a key member of Great Britain’s Davis Cup winning team in 2015, was a semi-finalist at Queen’s in 2011 but is currently ranked outside the top 1,000.
Konta moved closer to a first WTA title on home soil after booking a spot in the Aegon Open semi-final in Nottingham.
The British No 1’s rise to the top of the women’s game has seen her win three tournaments on the main tour in the last 12 months, and she looks a good bet to add a fourth in front of a home crowd after seeing off Ashleigh Barty 6-3 7-5.
Aljaz Bedene has been knocked out of the Ricoh Open in the quarter-finals by fourth seed Gilles Muller.
Bedene, seeded eighth, was a break up in the final set in ‘s-Hertogenbosch but lost five of the last six games in a 6-3 3-6 6-4 defeat.
It has nevertheless been an encouraging start to the grass-court season for the British No 4, who moves on to next week’s Gerry Weber Open in Halle.
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