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Rafael Nadal jumps on his friend's back as he hops off a boat in Ibiza after injury


Injured Rafael Nadal jumps on his friend’s back as he hops off a boat in Ibiza after pulling out of Wimbledon due to abdominal tear

Rafael Nadal appeared in high spirits as he larked around with his pals in Ibiza as they hopped off a boat after pulling out of the Wimbledon semi-final.

The tennis ace, 36, withdrew from the tournament last week after suffering from an abdominal tear, which meant he was unable to continue in the competition.

However Rafael wasn’t letting the decision get him down, as he continued his sun-soaked getaway with friends in the White Isle.

Playful: Rafael Nadal appeared in high spirits as he larked around with his pals in Ibiza as they hopped off a boat after pulling out of the Wimbledon semi-final

Playful: Rafael Nadal appeared in high spirits as he larked around with his pals in Ibiza as they hopped off a boat after pulling out of the Wimbledon semi-final

The Spanish native was spotted jumping off a tender and onto his friend’s back, as he avoided getting his trainers wet in the sea.

Nadal was sporting a navy T-shirt and a pair of printed shorts, while he shielded his eyes with a pair of stylish sunglasses.

The sports star was joined by three pals as they headed to shore.

Sad times: The tennis ace, 36, withdrew from the tournament last week after suffering from an abdominal tear, which meant he was unable to continue in the competition

Sad times: The tennis ace, 36, withdrew from the tournament last week after suffering from an abdominal tear, which meant he was unable to continue in the competition

Last week Rafael gave up his struggle to win the calendar Grand Slam by pulling out of Wimbledon.

He announced he was pulling out after a 45 minute practice session on Thursday in which he clearly looked hampered.

By doing so he gave Nick Kyrgios a free pass into what was his first grand slam final. The Australian went on to lose the final to Novak Djokovic on Sunday.

Easy does it! However Rafael wasn't letting the decision get him down, as he continued his sun-soaked getaway with friends in the White Isle

Easy does it! However Rafael wasn’t letting the decision get him down, as he continued his sun-soaked getaway with friends in the White Isle

Nadal stays unbeaten at Slams in 2022 after winning the Australian and French Opens. He decided that the abdominal injury hindering his serve was not going to allow him to compete properly.

Nadal’s unlikely push for the calendar Grand Slam was always likely to be derailed by his increasingly unco-operative body.

At the French Open he spoke of how his doctor had needed to ‘put his foot to sleep’ to get through the tournament and that he was not going to go through a course of injections again for the grass season.

At a press conference on Thursday, Nadal confirmed: ‘Unfortunately as you can imagine I am here because I have to pull out from the tournament.

‘As everyone saw yesterday I have been suffering with a pain in the abdominal and something was not OK there. That is confirmed, I have a tear in the muscle and the communication is too late.

‘I was thinking the whole day I was thinking about the decision to make but I think it doesn’t make sense to go, even if I try through my career to keep going. 

‘It is very tough circumstances but it is obvious if I keep going the injury will be worse and worse.’

Injury: Last week Rafael gave up his struggle to win the calendar Grand Slam by pulling out of Wimbledon

Injury: Last week Rafael gave up his struggle to win the calendar Grand Slam by pulling out of Wimbledon 

‘I never thought about the calendar slam, I thought about my diary and my happiness,’ Nadal said.

‘I make the decision because I don’t believe I can win two matches under the circumstances. 

‘It is not only I can’t serve at the right speed, it is I can’t do the normal movement to serve.

‘After that to imagine myself winning two matches, and for respect for myself in some way, I don’t want to go out there and not be competitive enough to play at the level I need to play to achieve my goals.’ 

Pain: At a press conference on Thursday, Nadal confirmed: 'As everyone saw yesterday I have been suffering with a pain in the abdominal and something was not OK there'

Pain: At a press conference on Thursday, Nadal confirmed: ‘As everyone saw yesterday I have been suffering with a pain in the abdominal and something was not OK there’

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