Louk Sorensen’s remarkable US Open jourey took another remarkable twist when he was forced to retire in his first round match against a lucky loser, instead of his original opponent Robin Soderling.
The Irishman, who wasn’t scheduled to even play at the major having been forced to retire from the sport due to a number of injuries, made a remarkable comeback when he decided to enter the qualifiers for the US Open.
Even at that stage he needed a further ten players to drop out before he could enter. Despite all that Sorensen ma de it through and was paired with sixth seed Soderling.
Sorensen takes up the story “A guy in the locker room told me, ‘You’re not playing Soderling’. I said,’Yes I am’. The Brazilian guy had just told him he got in. Then I got all my stuff and walked on court.
“At first I was a bit disappointed because I wanted to play a top-10 guy but on the other hand to play a lucky loser is a good chance to get into the second round.
“I was enjoying it, I just wanted to go out there and have fun because I was injured for so many months.”
Having started the game baldy Sorensen fought back only for cramp to surface in the fourth set forcing him to retire and conceded the game on a score line of 6-0 3-6 6-4 1-0.
Speaking about the injury he said “I hit a forehand and suddenly my thumb was cramping, then my legs started to cramp and my left arm, and I had no answer to that. I don’t know if it was the tension.”
“With Connor also been forced out it’s been pretty bad but everybody is proud of us in Ireland and we just keep playing and fighting and try to fly the flag.”