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Taylor Fritz says he does not want a Wimbledon 'handout' following Rafael Nadal withdrawal

Taylor Fritz has rejected the idea that he should get Rafael Nadal Wimbledon semi-final spot, saying: 'I don't want handouts!'
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Taylor Fritz says he 'is not looking for handouts' after some suggested he should have been allowed to play the Wimbledon semi-final.

Fritz lost an epic quarterfinal against Rafael Nadal on Wednesday, with the Spaniard brilliantly battling through injury to win the match in a deciding-set champions tiebreaker.

However, Nadal was forced to withdraw from the tournament 24 hours later due to the injury, with scans revealing a 7mm tear in his abdomen.

That saw many tennis fans sympathise with Fritz, claiming he should now be the one to advance into the semi-finals to face Nick Kyrgios instead.

Former US Open finalist Pam Shriver was among them, saying it was time 'tennis re-examined the lucky loser rule’s scope.'

Taylor Fritz, though, has responded on social media, and he says he does not want to reach a semi-final that way.

"Not looking for handouts," Fritz replied to a fan on social media imploring Wimbledon to let Fritz play the semi-final.

"If I couldn't beat him (Nadal) then I don't deserve to be in the semis. Simple as that."

Nadal, meanwhile, attempted a short practice at Wimbledon on Thursday before explaining his decision to withdraw.

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He was out on the courts testing his serve, and he came to a conclusion that no one wanted to hear.

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“I have to pull out of the tournament,” Rafael Nadal said. "As everybody saw 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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