HURT nadal pulls out of wimbledon
LONDON — Rafael Nadal pulled out of Wimbledon on Thursday, citing the left wrist injury that forced him out of the French Open.
The two-time Wimbledon champion said on his Facebook page that he made the decision after consulting with his doctor and receiving his latest medical results.
"As you can all imagine, it's a very tough decision, but the injury I suffered at Roland Garros needs time to heal," he said.
Nadal had already pulled out of next week's Wimbledon grasscourt warmup at Queen's Club. Wimbledon, the third Grand Slam tournament of the year, starts June 27.
Nadal's wrist will be in a cast for another two weeks, his spokesman, Benito Perez-Barbadillo, said. After that, the Spaniard will begin anti-inflammatory treatments and physiotherapy.
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