Nadal a doubt for Wimbledon
Originally published on: 26/02/10 12:34
The Spaniard, bidding to recover from knee troubles, struggled with his movement during an exhibition match against Lleyton Hewitt at London’s Hurlingham Club, losing 6-4 6-3.
Nadal will now decide whether to play at Wimbledon after an exhibition match against Stanislas Wawrinka on Friday.
The player’s coach said after the game: “He is having difficulties bending and it seems his treatments aren’t enough.
“I don’t know [if he will defend his title], we have to wait for Friday.”
The world number one was forced to withdraw from Queen’s Club last week with knee trouble and was diagnosed with tendinitis in both quadricep tendons and fluid on the kneecaps.
But the 23-year-old looked on course to defend his title after coming through a practice session on Tuesday.
However, Nadal struggled throughout today’s match – his first since losing to Robin Soderling in the fourth round of the French Open to put his place at SW19 in jeopardy.