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French Open 2016: Rafael Nadal pulls out of slam with wrist injury

Published 1658 GMT (0058 HKT) May 27, 2016
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At a hastily arranged press conference, an emotional Rafael Nadal announced he was pulling out of the French Open due to a wrist injury. Clive Brunskill/Getty Images Europe/Getty Images
He revealed the injury had happened several weeks ago. Clive Brunskill/Getty Images Europe/Getty Images
It was a major blow for the tournament, since Roger Federer had pulled out before the event started as he recovers from a back injury. KARIM SAHIB/AFP/AFP/Getty Images
Just last month, Nadal was riding high. First he won the title in Monte Carlo ... JEAN CHRISTOPHE MAGNENET/AFP/AFP/Getty Images
And then he followed it up by capturing the Barcelona crown. This after a difficult first three months of 2016. JOSEP LAGO/AFP/Getty Images
Injuries have increasingly become a bit of an issue for the soon-to-be 30-year-old. In 2014, he skipped the U.S. Open because of a right wrist injury. Chris Trotman/Getty Images North America/Getty Images for the USTA
In 2011, trying to win a fourth consecutive grand slam at the Australian Open he suffered a hamstring injury in the quarterfinals. NICOLAS ASFOURI/AFP/AFP/Getty Images
Countryman David Ferrer beat Nadal to quash hopes of a "Rafa Slam." WILLIAM WEST/AFP/AFP/Getty Images
In 2008, Nadal won what is considered by many to be the greatest tennis match of all time at Wimbledon, ousting Federer in the final. But he missed the 2009 edition because of knee problems. AFP/AFP/AFP/Getty Images
Nadal won the gold medal at the Olympics in 2008 in Beijing but couldn't defend his crown in 2012 in London, with yet more knee issues. JOE KLAMAR/AFP/AFP/Getty Images