The news of Rafael Nadal pulling out of French Open has come as a shocker to all. The nine time French Open champion has withdrawn due to a left wrist injury.
“Yesterday I played with an injection,” the 29-year-old told a news conference on Friday. “Yesterday evening I started to feel more and more pain and today I felt I could not move my wrist.”
“Nine times in my career I have been able to be healthy here in Paris and win this tournament.This is a tough moment and the toughest press conference I have ever had to give but it’s not the end,” Nadal said.
To avoid risking his wrist of any more injury, the decision to pull out was taken, just 24 hours before he was due to face compatriot Marcel Granollers in Round 3.
After the announcement, this is how Twitter reacted :
This year's FO marks only the 2nd time since the 2003 FO that neither Federer nor Nadal will be playing the 3rd round of a Grand Slam. #RG16
— Roland-Garros (@rolandgarros) May 27, 2016
When you hear about Nadal's withdrawal pic.twitter.com/PmtrnnbiMI
— WTA Reactions (@WTAreactions) May 27, 2016
The hunt for La Decima goes on.
Rafael Nadal withdraws from Paris.
— BBC Tennis (@bbctennis) May 27, 2016
— Pau Gasol (@paugasol) May 27, 2016
— Nick McCarvel (@NickMcCarvel) May 27, 2016
— (former B1PR) Benito Perez-Barbadillo (@b1pr) May 27, 2016
Awfully sad for Nadal. He didn't need one more injury, And especially not here… Toni just told me they rly hope to be ready for Wimbledon.
— Carole Bouchard (@carole_bouchard) May 27, 2016
— Pau Ferragut (@PauFerragut) May 27, 2016
Murray on Nadal: "I knew he had been struggling with his wrist. I practised with him here, his wrist was taped, he was grimacing sometimes."
— Stuart Fraser (@stu_fraser) May 27, 2016
Rafael Nadal has withdrawn from the #FrenchOpen with a wrist injury ?
We hope to see him back in action soon ? pic.twitter.com/fxkBVMMMq8
— Wimbledon (@Wimbledon) May 27, 2016
In the Spanish section of his press conf, Nadal indicated the worst-case scenario would be three months off the tour.
— Eleanor Crooks (@EleanorcrooksPA) May 27, 2016