• British No 1 was trailing 7-6 (3), 6-3, 2-1 to Pablo Cuevas
• Edmund called trainer but left the court without treatment
Kyle Edmund limped out of the French Open on Thursday with a knee injury that left the British No 1 uncertain about being seeded for Wimbledon – or even starting – and resigned, at 24, to a career of pain and frustration.
The gnarled Uruguayan clay-courter Pablo Cuevas was leading 7-6 (3), 6-3, 2-1 after an hour and 46 minutes on Court No 6 when Edmund, the last of three British men to make the main draw, called for the trainer, who confirmed his own diagnosis that there was little point in aggravating an injury which first flared in Paris last November and has struck periodically since. He declined to say exactly what the problem was but said it would need constant management, short of surgery.