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Rafael Nadal Pulls Out of Wimbledon Due to Wrist Injury

‘As you can all imagine, it’s a very tough decision’

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 (Photo: AP)

Former two-time champion at SW19, Rafael Nadal has announced his decision to withdraw from this month’s Wimbledon due to the same wrist injury that forced him to pull out midway through the French Open in May.

The former world number 1 announced his decision on his Facebook page.

Hi everybody. I’m sad to announce that after talking to my doctors, and receiving the results of my last medical revision, I won’t be able to play at Wimbledon this year. As you can all imagine, it’s a very tough decision, but the injury I suffered at Roland Garros needs time to heal. Unfortunately, I won’t be able to join in the pre-tournament event #TheBoodles at #Stokepark that I attended in previous years. Thank you all for your support, especially my fans. Your kind messages mean so much to me.
Nadal’s post on Facebook

Nadal’s spokesman, Benito Perez-Barbadillo, said the player’s wrist will be in a cast for another two weeks after which he will begin anti-inflammatory treatments and physiotherapy.

Wearing a blue brace on his wrist, Nadal pulled out of the French Open before his third-round match in Paris. Back then however, he said that he expected to be ready for Wimbledon.

Rafael Nadal at the press conference in Roland Garros where he announced his decision to pull out of the tournament. (Photo: AP)
Rafael Nadal at the press conference in Roland Garros where he announced his decision to pull out of the tournament. (Photo: AP)

Nadal’s Grass Run

Nadal, winner of 14 Grand Slam titles, won Wimbledon in 2008 and 2010. He was unable to defend his title in 2009 after withdrawing with a knee injury. He was runner-up in 2006, 2007 and 2011. Nadal has only once made it as far as the fourth round since 2011, including a first-round loss in 2013, along with second-round exits in 2012 and last year.

It’s unclear whether Nadal will be able to play at the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro in August. He has been chosen as Spain’s flag carrier for the opening ceremony. Nadal missed the 2012 London Olympics because of an injury.

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