Rafa Nadal won't be appearing at Wimbledon

He also had to pull out of the French Open

Rafael Nadal, Roland Garros, French open,

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Rafael Nadal has withdrawn from Wimbledon due to a wrist injury.

The World No 4 was forced to pull out of the French Open after just two rounds.

He explained that his injury needs time to heal in a Facebook post to his fans.

He wrote: "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."

 

The Spanish star has twice won Wimbledon, in 2008 and 2010, when he was at his peak.

But it is now two years since he won a Grand Slam of any description. 

And his recent record at Wimbledon leaves a lot to be desired, having failed to advance past the fourth round on every visit since he reached the final in 2011.

Last year he was knocked out in Round 2 by Germany's Dustin Brown in four sets.