Nadal pulls out of tuneup for Wimbledon, citing wrist injury

ABS-CBN Sports on Jun 01, 2016 08:46 PM
Nadal pulls out of tuneup for Wimbledon, citing wrist injury
FILE - In thi Friay May 27, 2016 file photo, nine-time champion Rafael Nadal, of Spain, announces he is pulling out of the French Open because of an injury to his left wrist at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris, France. Nadal has pulled out of the Queen's Club grass-court tournament that serves as a tuneup for Wimbledon, citing the left wrist injury that cut his French Open short. (AP Photo/Michel Euler)
LONDON (AP) — Rafael Nadal pulled out of the Queen's Club grass-court tournament that serves as a tuneup for Wimbledon, citing the left wrist injury that cut his French Open short.

Nadal, a 14-time Grand Slam champion, withdrew from Queen's Club on Wednesday.

He won that event in 2008, when he also went on to win his first of two titles at the All England Club.

The Queen's Club tournament starts June 13.

The left-handed Spaniard suddenly announced last week in Paris that he could not continue to play at Roland Garros, where he has won a record nine trophies.

Wearing a blue brace on his wrist, he held a news conference the day before his third-round match, saying that he won in the second round after receiving a painkilling injection but was in too much pain to continue playing.

Nadal said there was inflammation in the wrist's tendon sheath but didn't think he would need surgery and expected to be able to enter Wimbledon, which begins June 27.

He has appeared in five finals at Wimbledon, winning a second championship in 2010, along with runner-up finishes in 2006, 2007 and 2011.

But Nadal only once has made it as far as the fourth round at the grass-court major since then, including a first-round loss in 2013, along with second-round exits in 2012 and last year.

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