Rafael Nadal confident of making Wimbledon despite French Open withdrawal

Rafael Nadal confident of making Wimbledon despite French Open withdrawal”

Rafael Nadal, a nine-time champion at the French Open, quit the game Friday, citing a wrist injury.

Federer pulled out of Roland Garros before the start of the tournament with a back injury.

It's not his best event but it feels unusual to have no Federer and no Nadal in the third round of a Grand Slam tournament.

The left-handed Spanish star made the announcement at a hastily arranged news conference Friday, one day before he would have been scheduled to play his third-round match.

The nine-time French Open champion said that he arrived in Paris with a little pain in his wrist, which eventually worsened throughout the games that he has played so far. "That's why we played with an anesthetic injection, so without feeling at all on the wrist", added Nadal, wearing a bandage on the wrist and appearing close to tears. “Yesterday I played with an injection, I could play but yesterday night I started to feel more and more pain and today I felt I could not move my wrist”.

"I had an MRI (scan) and the results are not positive".

Tournament director Guy Forget expressed his sadness at Nadal's misfortune, but said the show must go on without the most successful player in Roland Garros history. All I know is what I read elsewhere.

"I have had it [wrist injury] for a couple of weeks", said Nadal.

That would rule him out of Wimbledon and the Rio Olympics, where he is due to be Spain's flag-bearer having not being able to fulfill the role in London four years ago because of injury.

Novak Djokovic is the clear favorite to win his first French Open title as Nadal was expected to meet him in the semifinal previously.

“For the moment I need a couple of weeks with the immobilisation. Then we're going to do the treatment and we hope that works well. I and tennis fans everywhere really want him to be alright and come back ready to go at Wimbledon”.

This is the latest setback the 29-year-old Spaniard has suffered in an injury-plagued career. In the past, he has dealt with problems to both knees and to his right wrist; this is the first time his left wrist has been an issue. "Unfortunately, this has to stop now, but I certainly hope it will just be a brief incident and that I can fully recover".

"But it happens what's happened". The only thing that I can say is bad luck and that's part of our life. "Now is a tough moment, but it's not the end". Roland Garros is an important tournament for me.

French Open organizers have announced the cancellation of all matches at Roland Garros on Monday because rain is forecast to last all day.

The Spaniard, who was due to play Marcel Granollers in the third round on Saturday, had impressed in winning his opening two matches without dropping a set in Paris as he looked for a 10th French Open title and first grand slam since 2014.



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