Disappointed Rafa Nadal announces that he's been ruled out of Wimbledon 5 years ago

Disappointed Rafa Nadal announces that he's been ruled out of Wimbledon

With all the Euro 2016 hype in recent days, you'd be forgiven for forgetting that Wimbledon starts in a couple of weeks.

Fresh from completing a career grand slam at the French Open last week, all-conquering Novak Djokovic will look to defend the title he won at SW19 a year ago.

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But one man that won't be standing in his way this year is Rafa Nadal.

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The Spaniard injured his wrist at Roland Garros last week and has confirmed on his Facebook page that he won't recover in time for this year's Wimbledon.

'Hi everybody. I’m sad to announce that after talking to my doctors, and receiving the results of my last medical revision, I won’t be able to play at Wimbledon this year.
As you can all imagine, it’s a very tough decision, but the injury I suffered at Roland Garros needs time to heal. Unfortunately, I won’t be able to join in the pre-tournament event #TheBoodles at #‎Stokepark‬ that I attended in previous years.
Thank you all for your support, especially my fans. Your kind messages mean so much to me.'

As much as we can all appreciate Djokovic's achievements in the last couple of years, we can't help but wonder how many titles he would've won had 30-year-old Nadal, a 14-time grand slam winner himself, been more fortunate with injuries.