Rafael Nadal pulled out from the 2016 French Open due to a wrist injury. New reports now state that the former World No. 1 will also miss the ATP tournament in London later this month. Could this mean that Nadal is out for the 2016 Wimbledon Championships as well? And is the Spanish tennis pro nearing retirement with all of his struggles from injuries?
What started as speculations earlier in the year appears to be coming true for Nadal, who has struggled with injuries again this ATP season like in the past two to three years.
Nadal officially admitted that he is not healthy enough to play at the Aegon Championships in London, Great Britain scheduled from June 13 to 19. The third Grand Slam tournament of the year at Wimbledon is set from June 27 to July 10.
“I enjoy playing in front of the British people and I was looking forward to trying to win the title for a second time,” Nadal, who won in the London tennis tourney in 2008, stated via an official statement.
Nadal is stuck at 14 Grand Slam titles with his last majors win coming in 2014 at the French Open. There have been lots of reports and rumors the last two years about Nadal’s eventual retirement because of how he has struggled with injuries. Even Rafael Nadal himself admitted that he struggled “mentally” in recovering from the said injuries.
Is it over for the “King of Clay” in the sport of tennis? The Spaniard has played respectable so far in the 2016 season with 27 wins against 8 losses and has won two titles, in Barcelona and Monte Carlo. However, he has not performed well in the majors tournaments at the Australian Open and the French Open.
Rafael Nadal is already past his prime and not part of the elite group of tennis anymore. Is it time for a Rafael Nadal retirement?
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