Awful news @conorniland1 Limerickman andIreland's number one tennis playerhas been forced to retire due to a persistent hip injury.
— Donn O Sullivan (@DonnOSullivan) April 12, 2012
Conor Niland, who came so agonisingly close to the second round of Wimbledon last year, has been forced to call it a day. That first set against Djokovic at Flushing Meadows, where he was forced to retire, will be the most people's final memory of Niland's career. Tis a pity. Who will Ireland call on for those Davis Cup matches against Egypt? Questions for another day.