Nadal pulls out of French Open with wrist injury

Fri May 27, 2016 12:26pm EDT
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By Pritha Sarkar

PARIS (Reuters) - Nine-times champion Rafael Nadal sent shockwaves around Roland Garros on Friday when he unexpectedly pulled out of the French Open because of an injury to his left wrist.

A day after notching up his 200th grand slam victory with an imperious 6-3 6-0 6-3 second-round win over Argentina's Facundo Bagnis, a grim-faced Nadal walked into a hurriedly arranged news conference wearing a navy blue brace around his stricken wrist.

"I have to retire from the tournament because I have a problem in my wrist that I have had a couple of weeks," said the Spanish left-hander who turns 30 next week.

"Every day was a little bit worse. We tried to do all the treatments possible. Every single day we spent a lot of hours working so hard to try to play," he added.

"Yesterday I played (after taking) an anaesthetic injection on the wrist," said the dejected Spaniard, who showed no signs of the injury during his win over Bagnis.

"I could play, but the thing is yesterday night I start to

feel more and more pain, and today in the morning I feel that I could not move much the wrist."

This is the latest setback to hit the 14-times grand slam champion during an injury-plagued career.   Continued...

Nadal returns the ball. REUTERS/Pascal Rossignol