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Nadal has ‘7mm tear in abdominal muscles’ but intends to play Wimbledon semi-final – reports

Spanish media are reporting the diagnosis everyone’s been waiting for

Rafael Nadal Rafael Nadal at Wimbledon in 2022 (AI/Reuters/Panoramic)

Rafael Nadal has suffered a 7mm tear in his abdominal muscles, according to reports in Spain.

Sports newspaper Marca says that the 22-time Grand Slam champion underwent medical tests in London on Thursday morning – hence his absence from the Wimbledon practice courts.

But he still intends to play his semi-final on Friday against Nick Kyrgios as he continues his quest for a calendar Grand Slam.

Rafael Nadal at Wimbledon, with the tape on his abdomen visible (AI/Reuters/Panoramic)

Nadal was suffering from the injury during his quarter-final against Taylor Fritz, and required treatment.

Novak Djokovic won the 2021 Australian Open with a tear in his abdominal oblique muscle – bizarrely also sustained against Fritz, in the third round of that tournament.

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