Wimbledon 2009 – Rafael Nadal Will Not Compete!

Wimbledon 2009The news that Wimbledon, the BBC and tennis fans arround the world had been hoping wasn’t going to occur – has happened. Rafael Nadal has withdrawn from the 2009 Wimbledon Championships due a knee injury.

World number one Rafael Nadal Will be the first champion not to defend his SW19 crown since Croatia’s Goran Ivanisevic skipped the event in 2002 and if Roger Federer goes on to win the event, Nadal will lose his number 1 spot, something that 3 months a go looked nearly impossible.

Nadal has been struggling with tendinitis and has had problems with his movement during an exhibition matches he has played in London this week – on Thursday he lost 6-4 6-3 loss to Lleyton Hewitt and today he lost 4-6 7-6 10-3(championship tiebreak) to Stanislas Wawrinka at the Hurlingham Club.

Nadal told a packed press conference,

I’m here and I’m just not 100%. I’m better than what I was a couple of weeks ago but I don’t feel right – To not play Wimbledon is one of the toughest decisions of my career.

I tried everything. I didn’t feel terrible but also not close to my best. When I enter a tournament my goal is winning and my feeling right now is I’m not ready to win. It’s very painful for me but I can’t play at the tournament this year. It’s tough but it is what it is.

I played with some problems on the knee for the last few months. I’ve been making efforts to play week after week. The truth is that sportsmen always play with pain and don’t know where the limit is, where you can get to. I think I reached that limit now. I will work very hard to comeback as soon as possible. One of the problems is I’m thinking more about the knees than what is happening on court and it’s very difficult to play like that.

After Nadal’s shock defeat in the French Open to Robin Soderling he admitted to the press that he had knee problems (something that was widely known, but kept very quite in the Nadal Camp), he has since received treatment on his knees in Barcelona. He was diagnosed with tendinitis in both quadriceps tendons as well as a small amount of fluid on the kneecaps.

Nadal’s withdrawal leave a large gap in the Wimbledon 2009 Mens Singles Darw