World quantity three and 2018 champion Simona Halep has withdrawn from the French Open with a left calf harm.
The Romanian, who lifted her maiden Grand Slam title at Roland Garros, needed to be helped off court docket on the Italian Open after tearing a muscle.
Halep is a three-time finalist on the French Open, which begins on 30 Could.
The 29-year-old received Wimbledon in 2019, so would be the defending champion if she is match for this yr’s occasion, which begins on 28 June.
“Withdrawing from a Grand Slam goes in opposition to all my instincts and aspirations as an athlete,” Halep mentioned.
Halep beat American Sloane Stephens in Paris in 2018 to win the French Open.
She reached the fourth spherical final yr earlier than dropping to eventual champion Iga Swiatek.
She retired from her second-round Italian Open match in opposition to Angelique Kerber with the harm and a scan revealed a tear.
“Sadly the tear in my left calf wants extra time to recuperate and the timeline is simply too quick,” Halep wrote on Twitter.
“The considered not being in Paris fills me with unhappiness, however I’ll focus my vitality on restoration.”
World primary and 2019 champion Ashleigh Barty additionally retired from her Italian Open quarter-final with an arm harm.
BBC tennis correspondent Russell Fuller
It’s a blow for any match to lose a previous champion, and Halep already has a particular place within the hearts of French tennis followers.
Victory in 2018 adopted defeats by Maria Sharapova and Jelena Ostapenko within the finals of 2014 and 2017.
This information was inevitable as quickly as Halep confirmed a tear in her calf after stopping so abruptly in opposition to Kerber in Rome.
However possibly she will be able to but make Wimbledon. There are nonetheless 5 weeks till she is because of start the defence of her title.