- Rafael Nadal withdrawal ‘a smart decision’ before Nick Kyrgios semi-final says Alex Corretja | Eurosport
“For him to play on two days in these circumstances, it was going to be very difficult. I know it’s difficult for him to make the decision, but I think it’s a smart decision because if you can’t play at your top level, it’s going to be almost impossible to win the Slam.
“I believe the most important thing for him now is to recover and take time off because if you get a tough injury, like three or four months again, away from the tournaments it will be devastating for his mind and for his goals for the year.
“We always support Rafa – especially now – and it’s a shame. If he knew that he wouldn’t be able to play the semi-final, I’m sure he would have retired. But he didn’t, and he thought that he might have a chance.”
He’s 36 and he knows he has to be strategic in how he manages his body and playing time. This decision Thursday tells us he is still thinking about continuing his career, keeping to his schedule and working toward being sufficiently healthy for the U.S. Open.
Rafa wants to play on. He’s not done yet. That is one of the bigger takeaways from his decision at Wimbledon.
- ‘If I couldn’t beat him then I don’t deserve to be in the semis… simple as that’: Taylor Fritz quashes talk that he should be allowed to face Nick Kyrgios in Wimbledon semi-final after Rafa Nadal pulled out with abdominal injury | dailymail.co.uk
Following the news, fans were quick to suggest Fritz deserves a spot in the semi-final but the world No. 14 shut down those suggestions in a comment on social media.
Fritz took to social media to thank fans for their support during his stint in the British grand slam, before one user suggested that they ‘should have let you go forward’.
The American responded swiftly and wrote: ‘Nah not looking for handouts, if I couldn’t beat him [Nadal] then I don’t deserve to be in the semis…simple as that’.
- What next for Rafael Nadal? | Wimbledon
His first tournament after Wimbledon is usually Montreal in the second week of August. If that is too soon for his abdominal injury, Cincinnati the following week should do the trick, and then on to the US Open at the very end of the month.
But how long can Nadal continue to manage his injuries and remain competitive? It is certainly clear that his competitive priority now is all about the Grand Slams. Other tournaments serve a purpose only in as much as they feed into these key targets.
Social media related to Rafa:
Rafa thanking members of staff upon his departure from Wimbledon
Rafa is already in Barcelona where he will do more tests hoping he will be fit in 3-4 weeks