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Wrist injury forces Rafael Nadal to withdraw from Aegon Championships


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Rafael Nadal speaks to the media at Roland Garros press conference

Rafael Nadal has been forced to withdraw from the Aegon Championships because of the wrist injury that curtailed his pursuit of a 10th Roland Garros title.

Nadal announced in a press conference on Friday that the injury, which began to cause him problems in Madrid earlier this month, could worsen significantly if he continued to play.

He has been advised to rest his wrist in the short-term, Rafa Nadaland has taken his name off the strongest entry list in the history of the Aegon Championships.

“I am very sad that my wrist injury means that I cannot play at The Queen’s Club this year,” said Nadal, who won the title as part of an historic Roland Garros, Queen’s, Wimbledon treble in 2008.

The Spaniard continued: “It is a tournament and a club that I love, I enjoy playing in front of the British people, and I was looking forward to trying to win the title for a second time. I wish everyone at the tournament a great week, and I look forward to returning in future years.”

Stephen Farrow, Tournament Director of the Aegon Championships, said: “It is a great shame for Rafa and everyone that loves watching him play that he has sustained this injury, and we wish him a speedy recovery.

“He was in great form, and we know how much he was looking forward to playing on grass at the Aegon Championships, but his health must come first. We look forward to welcoming him back in the years to come.”

Tara McGregor-Woodhams, Head of Brand and Sponsorship Aegon UK at Aegon, said: “We are sorry to hear that Rafa has been injured, we hope that he gets well soon and look forward to seeing him in future years. The Aegon Championships player field remains exceptionally strong and we are all looking forward to the start of the tournament.”

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