Rafael Nadal has sensationally withdrawn from Wimbledon due to the abdominal injury he aggravated in the quarterfinal against Taylor Fritz.
Nadal had strapping on the area from the start of the tournament, although he was reluctant to discuss why that was when asked earlier this week.
Against, Fritz, though, the injury appeared to worsen with him unable to serve properly or make use of his backhand slice.
Reports from Spain earlier suggested scan results had shown a 7mm tear in his abdomen, but he was keen to try to play his semi-final against Nick Kyrgios.
However, after a short practice at Wimbledon on Thursday, he decided he needed to withdraw instead, handing Kyrgios a walkover into the Wimbledon final.
"I have to pull out of the tournament," Rafael Nadal said. "As everybody saw yesterday I have been suffering with the pain in the abdominal [area]. That's confirmed. I have a tear in the muscle.
"It's obvious that if I keep going, the injury is going to be worse and worse.
"It's not only that I can't serve at the right speed it's that I can't do the normal movement to serve.
"To imagine myself winning two matches, and for respect to myself in some way, I don't want to go out there and not be competitive enough.
"Everybody knows what effort I put in to be here. I can’t risk that much and stay two three months out of the competition."
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