Rafael Nadal, the world No. 4, announced Thursday his decision to withdraw from Wimbledon with a wrist injury, making the announcement through social media.
The former two-time Wimbledon champion was also forced out of the French Open just hours before a third round match in his pursuit for a record 10 Ronald Garros titles.
“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,” Nadal wrote on his Facebook page.
“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,” concluded Nadal, who is tied with American Pete Sampras for second all-time with 14 Grand Slam victories. The Spaniard hasn’t won a major since the 2014 French Open.
Is Rafael Nadal Done?
Unfortunately for Nadal fans, the southpaw has hit one roadblock after another since that victory in Paris, having suffered a series of injuries and early Grand Slam exits in recent years. Besides his latest wrist injury, Nadal has suffered injuries to both his knees, back and shoulder. Some analysts wonder if the 30-year-old would ever regain the form which made him one of three best players (besides Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic) of the last decade.
According to ESPN, Nadal hasn’t yet announced his decision to play at the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro in August. The former world No.1 has been handpicked as Spain’s Olympic flag carrier during the opening ceremony. He missed the previous Olympics due to a back injury.
Rafael Nadal, who won the Wimbledon back in 2008 and 2010, has failed to qualify beyond the fourth round in the last four years, losing to underdogs Lukas Rosol, Steve Darcis, Nick Kyrgios and Dustin Brown. The 2016 Wimbledon gets underway on June 27.