Rafael Nadal Injury: Updates on Tennis Star's Wrist and Return

Tim Daniels@TimDanielsBRFeatured Columnist

Spain's Rafael Nadal acknowledges cheering spectators after winning his second round match of the French Open tennis tournament against Argentina's Facundo Bagnis at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris, France, Thursday, May 26, 2016. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)
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Rafael Nadal was forced to withdraw from the 2016 French Open on May 27 because of a lingering wrist injury ahead of his third-round match. He will also miss the upcoming Aegon Championships and Wimbledon but isn't set to undergo surgery.

Continue for updates.


Nadal Will Not Play at Wimbledon

Thursday, June 9

Ben Rothenberg of the New York Times passed along the announcement of Nadal's absence from Wimbledon. The statement noted Nadal's injured wrist will be immobilized for a "maximum of two weeks."

After that, Nadal will begin an anti-inflammatory rehabilitation and "physiotherapy-based treatment" once his cast is removed.


Nadal Withdraws from Queen's Club

Wednesday, June 1

"I am very sad that my wrist injury means that I cannot play at The Queen's Club this year," said Nadal, per the tournament's official website.

"It is a tournament and a club that I love, I enjoy playing in front of the British people, and I was looking forward to trying to win the title for a second time. I wish everyone at the tournament a great week, and I look forward to returning in future years," he continued.


Nadal's Status Uncertain After Exiting Major

Friday, May 27

Tom Perrotta of the Wall Street Journal confirmed the injury. ESPN Tennis noted it's an issue with Nadal's left wrist.

Roland Garros provided comments from the nine-time tournament champion about the decision: "I have to retire from the tournament because I have a problem in my wrist that I have since couple of weeks."

Johnette Howard of ESPN.com noted Nadal said results from an MRI were "bad," and while it isn't broken, he couldn't have finished the event. He also stated he doesn't need surgery as things currently stand, but that may have changed if he kept trying to play, per Howard.

Jon Wertheim of Sports Illustrated relayed further details from Nadal, who had felt the pain for the past three tournaments and added that "every day is worse."


Nadal's Career Continues to Stutter with Injury

It's merely the latest in a long string of health setbacks for the 30-year-old Spaniard. He was one of the most explosive players on tour early in his career, but his hard-nosed style of play has taken a toll on his body, especially his knees, in recent years.

He was also the second high-profile superstar to remove himself from the season's second major due to physical concerns. Longtime friendly rival Roger Federer withdrew before the event began, citing his "overall fitness," per Christopher Clarey of the New York Times.

It's unfortunate timing for Nadal with a busy summer schedule ahead that includes the 2016 Olympics in Brazil and the season's remaining majors, Wimbledon and the U.S. Open.

He's put together an outstanding career resume with 14 major titles and an Olympic gold medal. But the consistent injury woes make it fair to wonder whether fans will ever see him back at full strength for an extended period of time.

 

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