Nine-time French Open champ Rafael Nadal called a press conference on Friday in Roland Garros to announce he was withdrawing from the tournament due to a wrist injury.
Nadal, who had dropped a mere nine games in two rounds, said he was attending to the wrist in the weeks leading to the event.
“Yesterday I played with injection on the wrist…I could play, but yesterday night I start to feel more and more pain,” Nadal said. “I did MRI…The results are not positive and the thing is it’s not 100 percent…If I keep playing it’s going to be broken the next couple of days…We took some risks with the injections…It is the tendon, and if I continue to play I would not be able to play the rest of the tournament…I [look] to be back here the next couple of years [to play].”
Marcel Granollers now receives a walkover into the next round as Nadal and his camp determine how long the former No. 1 will be sidelined in 2016.
Nadal had lost just nine games through two rounds and was the heavy favorite to beat Marcel Granollers on Saturday in the third round.
Nadal first hinted of an injury at the start of the clay season.
Nadal turns 30 next Friday. He joins Roger Federer on the sidelines for the finish of the second Grand Slam of the season.
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