Injured Rafael Nadal pulls out of Wimbledon ahead of semi-finals

Rafael Nadal Withdrew from the men’s Wimbledon semi-final due to a torn abdominal muscle.

On Friday, the 22-time Grand Slam champion was scheduled to take on Australian Nick Kyrgios for a place in the final, but at a press conference on Thursday afternoon, he announced that he could not continue playing.

Kyrgios reaches his first final in a major championship and will play the winner of Friday’s semi-final between Novak Djokovic and Cam Norrie.

“Unfortunately, as you can imagine, if I’m here, it’s because I have to withdraw from the tournament,” Nadal said.

He aggravated the nagging injury on Wednesday in his quarter-final victory with five sets above Taylor Fritz. During the match, he had to take time out and seek medical attention. At that time, both his father and sister Nadal urged him to leave the stands.

“I made this decision because I don’t think I can win two matches under these circumstances,” he said. “I cannot serve. It’s not just that I can’t serve at the right speed, it’s that I can’t execute a normal serving motion.”

This concludes his bid for a Grand Slam on the calendar, which was last achieved among the men by Rod Laver in 1969, as Nadal won both the Australian Open and the French Open.

“I never thought about a calendar helmet,” he said. “I thought about my daily happiness and my daily work.”