Rafael Nadal Withdraws From Wimbledon SF Match v Nick Kyrgios

by Staff | July 7th, 2022, 4:53 pm

The Rafael Nadal-Nick Kyrgios Wimbledon semifinal will not happen. Citing a abdominal tear made worse during his incredible win Wednesday over Taylor Fritz, Nadal withdrew today from his match tomorrow with Kyrgios.

“I have been suffering with the pain in abdominal,” Nadal said Thursday 7:30pm local time at Wimbledon. “I know something was not okay there.

“Yeah, that’s confirmed. I have a tear in the muscle in the abdominal.

“I think it’s don’t make sense to go. Even if I tried lot of times during my career to keep going under very tough circumstances, in that one I think it’s obvious that if I keep going, the injury going to be worst and worst. That’s the thing that I can say now. Feel very sad to say that.”

It’s just the second time in Nadal’s career he’s giving a walkover during a Grand Slam. The only other came at 2016 at the French Open when his wrist flared up.

Nadal was just two wins from winning a third straight Grand Slam and keeping his dream of a Calendar Slam alive. But that was two wins too many.

“I made my decision because I believe that I can’t win two matches under these circumstances,” he said. “I can’t serve. Is not only that I can’t serve at the right speed, it’s that I can’t do the normal movement to serve.

Nadal added that the issues with his ab have been ongoing.

“I had some issues in abdominals since a week, but the things were more or less we were able to control it. But yesterday was the worst day,” he said.

The good news is, he thinks the injury won’t keep him off court for long.

“It going to be around between three, four weeks, normal thing for these kind of injuries,” he added. “I hope these three, four weeks will allow me to do my normal calendar. That’s the calendar that I have on mind.”

It’s already been a tough season for Nadal on the injury front, with a rib, foot and now ab issues all in the last five months.

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4 Comments for Rafael Nadal Withdraws From Wimbledon SF Match v Nick Kyrgios

chrisford1 Says:

Too bad! I was hoping for another Rafa-Novak contest with Djokovic prevailing.
Best wishes for Rafa’s health at the USO, because Novax is crippling his ability to maximize his last years in tennis out of (IMO even as a fan) – pride, vaccine ignorance, and stupidity.

Truth Says:

Nadull time violates without punishment and lectures people about morals on & off court. Other players are called frauds. Even Federer practiced fake indignation when Novak was struggling with poor health that was caused by genetics. The US trash commentators, including Pat McEnroe bashed Novak like he was a toddler. Dull is a greedy selfish liar. He knew that Novak self destructed this year so he stayed to see Fritz humiliate himself & hoped to see Novak lose & misbehave.
Despite the abuse Novak received, he still kills his career, even with 1 or 2 more Slam wins because he breathed in Covid deliberately and possibly killed some vulnerable people. He should be ashamed but he avoids prison so he’s happy.

lylenubbins Says:

Sorry for Rafa but what a year so far and happily he will be able to play USO.

As for Novak, will be interesting to see how he does against a healthy and motivated Kyrgios (I am assuming Novak beats Norrie). This year, Novak has shown peak form at times (most of the time) but has lapses also including when he gets irritated with himself and the fans, so the final could go either way. I think the W crowd will be rooting for Nick to make a match out of it, so Novak has to be ready for that and not take it personally.

PK Says:

Not so fast!

Right now, Norrie just won the first set vs. Djokovic. Let’s see what this English kid is made of!

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