Nadal still injured; Injury may force Nadal to pull out of Rio singles event: Rafael Nadal could be the next to pull out from the 2016 Rio Olympics, but only at the men’s singles category of the quadrennial event.
The Spaniard, currently ranked fourth in the world, crocked his left wrist during the French Open in May.
He said the problem is with the tendon sheath in his wrist and he was told that there is no way he could be given five more painkilling injections — one before each possible match, were he to make it all the way to the final — over the next 10 days.
He announced his withdrawal the day before he would have been scheduled to play in the third round. Nadal will join Roger Federer as the next player to miss the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro in August.
With Nadal still recovering from a left wrist injury that forced him to skip Wimbledon, there is a strong possibility fans won’t get to see the 14-time Grand Slam winner participating in singles competition.
He posted on Facebook: “Hi everybody. I’m sad to announce that after talking to my doctors, and receiving the results of my last medical revision, I won’t be able to play at Wimbledon this year.
“As you can all imagine, it’s a very tough decision, but the injury I suffered at Roland Garros needs time to heal. Unfortunately, I won’t be able to join in the pre-tournament event #TheBoodles at #Stokepark that I attended in previous years.
“Thank you all for your support, especially my fans. Your kind messages mean so much to me.”