“It doesn’t make sense to play if I want to continue my career”

Affected in the abs, the Mallorcan has formalized his package this Thursday evening, in a press conference.

At Wimbledon,

In the press room, his name appeared on screens at 7.10pm (8.10pm in France), with the announcement of a press conference. The journalists still present understood it. Christmas would go no further. And twenty minutes later, with a broken heart, the Mallorcan formalized his package: “We’ve been talking all day about the decision to make, but it doesn’t make sense to play if I want to continue my career. I have an abdominal tear. If I play, the injury will get worse. I made that decision because I can’t win two more games. Out of self-respect, I don’t want to play without being competitive at the level I want and at the same time aggravating my injury. As I’ve always said, the most important thing to me is health, more than any title, even though everyone knows the effort I’ve put into being here.»

This is the second time in his career that the Mallorcan has been forced to give up a Grand Slam tournament along the way. He had thrown in the towel before he was 3 years olde return to Roland-Garros in 2016. The pain is too strong. Close to abandonment, however, he had managed to overcome it, on Wednesday during his five-set victory over Taylor Fritz. He does not regret having gone to the end of his match. “The decision was good because I finished the match and won. The possibility of abandonment stayed in my head for a long time after the first five, six games, but I found a way to end the game. I found a way to change the movement of the service so as not to aggravate the injury too much. I’m not the type of person to look back on after making a decision. You learn from your mistakes, I try not to repeat them, but I didn’t want to give up and get off the court in the middle of a game.“.

His training on Thursday was not conclusive: “ I can’t serve. It’s not just that I can’t serve at the right speed, it’s that I can’t make the normal move to serve. He reveals that he has been suffering from abdominal pain for several days:I had abdominal problems for a week, but things were more or less well controlled. Yesterday (Wednesday) was very painful. The small wound he had a few days before had grown“So it’s not the feet, but the abs that outweigh the bruised champion …

Winner in Australia and Roland Garros, he said goodbye to his dreams of a Grand Slam on the calendar. And if we are not forced to believe it, he says: “ I never thought about the Grand Slam calendar. I thought about my daily happiness and my daily work. Roland-Garros was very demanding, especially mentally and physically. I did my best to give myself a chance here. I’m in the semifinals, so I’ve played really well the last two days. Especially on Wednesday, at the start of the match, I was playing at a very, very high level. It makes me feel a little worse because I thought playing at this level would probably give me a chance “.

Nick Kyrgios, his opponent in the semifinals, is therefore guaranteed to play the first Grand Slam final of his career against Novak Djokovic or Cameron Norrie who will face off on Friday. Nadal, meanwhile, believes he will not be cured until “3 or 4 weekswhich should not alter your programming plans.


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