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During the 1998 Australian Open, sisters Serena and Venus Williams boasted that they could beat any man ranked outside the world's top 200.The challenge was accepted by Karsten Braasch, a German player ranked No 203 (his highest ranking was No 38).

There is a long history of female tennis players thinking they can compete with the men, and finding out that it is not as easy as they think.

He has since been seeking advice from specialists who have advised the Serbian that rest and some time away from the game is now the best course of action.

“All the doctors I’ve consulted, and all the specialists I have visited, in Serbia and all over the world, have agreed that this injury requires rest.

Probably the most famous tennis battle of the sexes took place in 1973, between Bobby Riggs, winner of the Wimbledon men's singles title in 1939, who was aged 55 and still playing some tennis in 1973 but was well past his prime.

He defeated female player Margaret Court in a match on Mother's Day 1973, the score 6-2. Court had achieved the Grand Slam in 1970, so was at her peak.

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