Srinagar: Tennis icon Rafael Nadal has intended to continue his Wimbledon 2022 campaign despite suffering a ‘seven millimetre’ abdomen tear during his grueling Quaterfinal against Taylor Fritz.
Nadal is now scheduled to take on Nick Kyrgios on Friday in semifinal of the Wimbledon but has vowed to continue with no definitive answer about his medical state.
Nadal as per reports underwent scans on the injury on Thursday following his gruelling 3-6, 7-5, 3-6, 7-5, 7-6 (10/4) victory over Taylor Fritz in Wednesday’s quarter-finals.
The 36-year-old said he was unsure over his ongoing participation in the tournament as he targets the third leg of a rare calendar Grand Slam.
“I can’t give you a clear answer because if I gave you a clear answer and tomorrow another thing happens, I will be a liar,” Nadal said after beating Fritz.
Nadal played under similar circumstances at the 2009 US Open when he had a two-centimetre tear.
He went on to make the semi-finals, losing to eventual champion Juan Martin del Potro.
Meanwhile Nadal has admitted that his father Sebastian, who was sitting in his box inside Centre Court, had gestured to his son to retire injured when he left the court to receive treatment for the abdominal tear midway through the second set.