Nadal out with abdominal injury

Rafael Nadal announced Thursday that he was withdrawing from Wimbledon after failing to recover from an abdominal injury, ending his hopes of a calendar Grand Slam.


Semi-final opponent Nick Kyrgios will receive a walkover into Sunday’s final, where he will play either top seed and six-time champion Novak Djokovic or Britain’s Cameron Norrie.


Nadal, a 22-time Grand Slam champion, was visibly in pain during a gruelling five-set win against 11th-seeded American Taylor Fritz on Wednesday.


Spanish sports daily Marca earlier Thursday reported that Nadal had a “seven-millimetre” tear to his abdomen but still intended to play.


But the 36-year-old scheduled a press conference later in the day at the All England Club at which he confirmed he was withdrawing.


“Unfortunately as you can imagine I am here because I have to pull out from the tournament,” said the two-time Wimbledon champion.

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