Injured Rafael Nadal pulls out of French Open

Paris, May 27 (IANS) Nine-time champion Rafael Nadal on Friday sprang a surprise by pulling out of the ongoing French Open citing a left wrist injury.

Nadal, who on Thursday, became only the eighth player in tennis history to record 200 Grand Slam match wins, said he played with an injection during his second round win against Facundo Bagnis 6-3, 6-0, 6-3.

“I have a problem with my wrist… on Thursday, I played with an injection, I could play but yesterday night I started to feel more and more pain,” the Spanish left-hander told reporters here.

“On Friday, I felt I could not move my wrist,” he added.

This is the latest setback the 29-year-old Spaniard has suffered in an injury-plagued career.

Nadal however, hoped he would be fit to play at Wimbledon next month.

–IANS

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