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Bothwell takes cautious approach by throwing in towel after injury

By Staff Reporter

Peter Bothwell made a painful first-round exit from the $15,000 tournament in Egypt yesterday when he was forced to retire against third-seeded Spaniard Pablo Gonzalez.

The 22-year-old from Hillsborough was trailing 6-1 2-0 when he reluctantly had to call it a day after sustaining a wrist injury.

Bothwell said: "I felt some pain when warming up pre-match and tried to loosen it, but I started and, with the firm new tennis balls, I was struggling, particularly on my forehand.

"The injury worsened so I took a time-out for treatment, then played on and just rolled serves in weakly and hustled.

"But I got a bit concerned about making it worse so I retired as a precaution."

Bothwell, who had earlier bowed out of the doubles at the first hurdle, will now fly back to his Spanish base before competing in a tournament in Kuwait next month.

The injury won't affect his plans as he is concentrating on practicing for a few weeks after a month on the road.

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