Rafael Nadal, who was aiming for the ‘Calendar Grand Slam’, has decided not to play the Wimbledon semi-final against Nick Kyrgios. The Spanish champion had to surrender to the abdominal pain that had already affected him during the match against Taylor Fritz in the quarterfinals.
The tests revealed a tear of 7 millimeters and the former number 1 ATP did not want to take any further risks. Regardless of this unpleasant setback, 2022 for the Iberian is nothing short of magnificent. The 36-year-old from Manacor won two Grand Slams this year, literally beating the competition at the Australian Open and Roland Garros.
Rafa had turned up in London with a huge load of confidence, managing to grab his eighth semifinal at Church Road. Things didn’t go as he hoped, but Nadal hasn’t lost his proverbial optimism. The 22-time Grand Slam champion has already returned to Spain, where he met some reporters as he left the airport.
The Majorcan would like to return to training within a week, in order to prepare properly for the Masters 1000 in Canada.
Nadal returned to Spain
“In the end there is no choice but to look forward, as always, accept things as they come and have a positive attitude,” Rafael Nadal said upon returning to Spain.
Nadal himself seemed keen to keep going at Wimbledon despite his abdominal injury, but subsequently changed his mind after finding it difficult to serve normally. “I don’t believe I can win two matches in these circumstances, I can’t serve,” Nadal said, explaining why his was pulling out of the tournament.
Nadal was supposed to square off with the Australian tennis ace on Friday to secure a spot in the finals. However, with him not fit for the match, Kyrgios will get a free pass to the final. Therefore, some tennis fans sided with famous journalists Christopher Clarey when he said, “It happens so rarely, but I still think it’s worth exploring.
When a player withdraws this late in a Grand Slam or before a major tour final, the beaten player should be able to take the slot. In this case, Fritz would play Kyrgios as a ‘lucky loser’. The show must go on. No. It’s sports.
You win or you lose. If you win, you give your body a chance. You can only self diagnose so much during a match. You survive long enough to get proper scans. Scans showed enough damage to not continue. Sucks, but is what it is,” he added.