Spanish star Rafael Nadal has pulled out of the semi-final of Wimbledon 2022 after suffering an abdominal tear in the quarter final
Rafael Nadal after his win against Taylor Fritz. (Courtesy: Reuters)
- Nadal tore a muscle in his abdomen
- Nadal is expected to have a press conference to announce his decision
- Rafael Nadal suffered his injury in the quarterfinals
Spanish tennis star Rafael Nadal has pulled out of the semi-final of Wimbledon 2022 after suffering an abdominal tear in the quarter final while playing against American Taylor Fritz.
The Spaniard, a 22-time Grand Slam champion, fought through an abdominal tear to win the quarters after being two sets down. He managed a victory in marathon game and visibly looked in pain. It was later reported by Spanish publication Marca that the star had suffered a 7-mm abdominal tear during the match. The Spaniard was down by 3-6, 7-5, 3-6 after three sets and was forced to take medical break in the middle of the game. It was seen during the game that Nadal’s camp was calling him back, asking him to give a walkover after it looked very difficult for him to continue.
But like he had done in the French Open final against Casper Ruud, Nadal once again showed his mettle and played through pain to seal the victory 3-6, 7-5, 3-6, 7-5, 7-6 (4). The American hailed the Spaniard later on for his amazing ability to fight back.
Notably, Nadal had one of his feet asleep throughout the final match of the French Open after taking nerve injections to reduce the pain.
Nadal was set to play against Australian Nick Kyrgios who has had an eventful tournament so far. The Friday clash would have been an exciting game of tennis, if Nadal would have been able to play. Kyrgios has seen the limelight in the recent times after getting into on and off court altercations. He even violated the strict all-whites rule at the Wimbledon after he chose to wear bright red coloured shoes and hat after winning the quarter-final game.
The 22-time Grand Slam champion is expected to have an unscheduled press conference ion Thursday evening, where he is expected to announce his decision, reported English publication, The Telegraph.
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