Nadal exit comes at ‘worst moment’

The Outsiders – Women – Roland Garros 2019

Coach and uncle, Toni Nadal, has rued the luckless timing of the injured Rafael Nadal's exit from Roland Garros.

Nadal, who recently became only the eighth man to complete 200 grand slam victories – after the veteran Roger Federer, Jimmy Connors, Andre Agassi, Ivan Lendl, Roy Emerson, Novak Djokovic and Pete Sampras – withdrew from the prestigious Roland Garros event after sustaining a wrist injury in Madrid earlier this month.

"It's part of the sport. But yes, this setback has come at the worst moment," said Nadal.

"It is a pity because Rafael was starting to get back to a good level, feeling competitive and this is the most important tournament of the year for us. Now, the most important thing is for him to recuperate completely and when he is back, we can get to where we are right now."

Nadal was scheduled to play fellow Spaniard Marcel Granollers after a comfortable round two victory over Argentinian Facundo Bagnis, but the injury won't afford him the chance to chase a record 10th French Open title. The 29-year-old, however, is hoping to return to full fitness ahead of Wimbledon, which will get underway on 27 June.

"We are going to work hard to be ready. For the moment I need a couple of weeks with the immobilisation. Then we are going to do the treatment, and we hope the treatment works well. We expect to recover quickly, to be ready for Wimbledon," he said.

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