Rafael Nadal withdraws from Wimbledon with ongoing wrist injury
Rafael Nadal has been forced to withdraw from this year's Wimbledon due to an ongoing wrist injury
The news release was brief and to the point and, in truth, it came as little surprise.
Rafael Nadal, newly back to No4 in the world rankings despite his withdrawal ahead of his third match at the French Open last month, announced on his Facebook page:
“Hello to all. I wanted to announce that after consulting with my doctor and seeing the results of the last medical check-up, I won’t be able to participate in the next edition of Wimbledon.
“As you can imagine it is a sad decision but the injury on my wrist at Roland Garros needs time to heal.
“Nor will I be able to participate in the previous event at The Boodles [an exhibition style event used by many players at Stoke Park to play one or two light matches in the week before Wimbledon].
“Thank you all for the support, especially to my fans who always send me notes of honey.”
His agent, in a separate release, added: “Nadal’s left wrist will continue to be immobilised for a maximum of two weeks. After that, the player will start an anti-inflammatory rehabilitation and physiotherapy-based treatment once the cast is removed.”
Nadal held an emotional press conference at Roland Garros after winning his first two matches in Paris, notching up his 200th Grand Slam match-win in the process. He explained to the packed media room: “When I am coming to Roland Garros, I am coming thinking about winning the tournament. To win the tournament I need five more matches, and the doctor says that is 100 per cent impossible.
“If I continue playing, then will be impossible to finish the tournament. Is no chance that I can even practise more today. That’s it. I have to take that very bad decision for me, but just that’s part of the life, part of my career, too.”
He was, however, quick to reject any idea that this was a career-ending problem: “We’re going to work hard to be ready for Wimbledon. For the moment I need a couple of weeks with immobilisation. Then we’re gonna do the treatment, and we hope the treatment works well. We expect to recover quickly.”
In the aftermath of his Roland Garros withdrawal, he also pulled out of his scheduled appearance at the Aegon Championships, which begins at London’s Queen’s Club on Monday.
Once he is fit, he will head straight to the hard courts in an attempt to ready himself for the Olympics in Rio, where he is the flag-bearer for Spain.