Wimbledon 2022: Rafael Nadal withdraws from tournament due to abdominal tear ahead of semifinal match

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Rafael Nadal has actually withdrawn from Wimbledon ahead of his semifinal match versus Nick Kyrgios, notifying All England Club authorities Thursday that he will not have the ability to play due to a seven-millimeter stomach tear.

According to a report by The Times, Nadal pertained to his choice after going through a light 45 minute practice previously on Thursday. Although the Spaniard had the ability to strike forehands and backhands without problem, he might not strike his serve at complete power.

Nadal’s withdrawal from the semifinal ways that Nick Kyrgios will get a walkover into the last round of Wimbledon, where he will deal with either Novak Djokovic or Cameron Norrie.

“Unfortunately, as you can imagine, if I am here, I have to pull out from the tournament,” Nadal stated at the All England Club. “As everybody saw yesterday, I had been suffering with pain in the abdominal. I was not OK there, as yesterday I said. That’s confirmed. I have a tear in the muscle in the abdominal. … I was thinking during the whole day about the decision to make. … It’s obvious that if I keep going the injury’s gonna be worse and worse. That’s the thing I can say now and feel very sad to say that.”

Nadal had actually doubted regarding whether he might play in the semifinal after suffering his injury in his quarterfinal win over Taylor Fritz. Nadal was noticeably in discomfort throughout the match, and later on confessed that he thought about retiring at different points throughout the match due to the discomfort he was experiencing.

Nadal’s stomach injury and subsequent withdrawal marks another discouraging injury obstacle for the 36-year-old star. He has actually just recently battled with injuries, especially a foot injury that ended his 2021 season too soon. 

This likewise ends Nadal’s expects a calendar Grand Slam — a rarity in the sport. He had actually currently won the Australian Open and the French Open this year going into Wimbledon. With the withdrawal, Rod Laver stays the only guy to manage the accomplishment, which he performed in 1969.

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