Rafael Nadal withdrew from Friday’s Wimbledon semi-final against Nick Kyrgios with a torn abdominal muscle.
Kyrgios will now face either Novak Djokovic or number 9 Cameron Norrie in Sunday’s league game.
“Unfortunately, as you can imagine, when I’m here it’s because I have to withdraw from the tournament,” Nadal said during a press conference at the All England Club on Thursday.
Nadal practiced for about 45 minutes on Thursday and spent most of his time hitting forehand and backhand and although he practiced some serves they were at a greatly reduced speed.
Spanish newspaper Marca reported on Thursday that Nadal has a 7mm tear in one of his abs but that he wanted to play.
Nadal wore duct tape over part of his abdomen and required treatment, including pain medication, during his thrilling five-set win over Taylor Fritz in the quarterfinals on Wednesday.
Nadal, 36, was attempting to win Wimbledon for the third time and for the first time since 2010.
The win would have given him a record 23rd Grand Slam title after winning the Australian Open and French Open earlier this year.
Information from ESPN’s D’Arcy Maine and Simon Cambers was used in this report.
https://www.espn.com/tennis/story/_/id/34207134/rafael-nadal-pulls-wimbledon-semifinal-abdominal-injury Rafael Nadal pulls out of Wimbledon semifinal with torn abdominal muscle