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Wawrinka pulls out
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP):
Two-time major champion, Stan Wawrinka, pulled out of the Olympics yesterday because of injury, leaving the Rio Games without half of the men ranked in the ATP's top 10.
A statement issued by Wawrinka's management company said he "felt increasing pain" during the Rogers Cup in Toronto last week and was told by his doctor after an MRI exam to "reduce his physical activity for an undetermined period".
The statement does not say where Wawrinka is injured. He lost in the semi-finals in Toronto.
Wawrinka, who is No. 4 this week, joins his Swiss teammate Roger Federer, who is No. 3, along with No. 7 Milos Raonic of Canada, No. 8 Tomas Berdych of the Czech Republic and No. 10 Dominic Thiem of Austria in withdrawing from the Rio de Janeiro Olympics for a variety of reasons. No. 5 Rafael Nadal has been sidelined with an injured left wrist since the French Open and has been testing his fitness in Brazil.
Japan gymnast strikes out with 'Pokemon Go''
Japanese Olympic gymnast, Kohei Uchimura, may be a record six-time world champion, but he won't be encountering much success in his "Pokemon Go" efforts after running up a huge roaming bill in Rio.
Uchimura was stunned to receive a 500,000 yen (US$4,900) mobile phone bill after playing the popular augmented-reality game, Kyodo news agency reported yesterday.
Thankfully for him, his Japanese carrier service agreed to reduce his bill to a 3,000 yen (US$30) daily all-you-can-use contract, Kyodo said.
Uchimura is the reigning gold medalist in the men's all-around competition and has said he is just as committed to a Japan team gold in Rio de Janeiro as he is to the personal title.
Nikkan Sports newspaper predicted "Uchimura may not get any Pokemon, but he will surely get gold."