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