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Rafael Nadal ‘looking forward with positive attitude’ after Wimbledon withdrawal

Rafael Nadal says he has ‘no choice’ other than to focus on the future as he arrived back home in Spain.

Nadal arrived at Wimbledon hoping to take another step towards a Calendar Grand Slam, but those dreams were crushed by an untimely abdominal injury.

He suffered a 7mm tear during his quarterfinal win over Taylor Fritz and, after discovering it had stripped him of his serve, he decided to bow out of the tournament.

As he landed in Barcelona, though, Nadal was determined to turn his attention to the future with positivity rather than looking back with disappointment.

“In the end there is no choice but to look forward,” Nadal told reporters. “As always, accept things as they come and have a positive attitude.”

After announcing his decision to withdraw from Wimbledon on Thursday, Rafael Nadal said it was largely motivated by a fear not doing so could mean the end of his career.

“The most dangerous thing that can happen today is that I end my tennis career, because I think that things are going to go better without a doubt,” he said.

“As I always said, for me the most important thing is happiness more than any title, even if everybody knows how much effort I put to be here.

“But I can’t risk that match and stay two, three months outside of the competition because that would be a tough thing for me. If that happens, it happens. But not because I was not doing things the proper way.”

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Michael Graham, Editor, has been a professional sports journalist for his whole career and is especially passionate about tennis. He's been the Editor of for over 5 years and loves watching live tennis by visiting as many tournaments as possible. Michael specialises in writing in-depth features about the ATP & WTA tours.