Boris Becker fears Rafael Nadal may quit Wimbledon 'for good' after shock exit

Jun 26, 2013, 19:28 IST | Agencies

Three-time SW19 winner fears the Spaniard will never play at Wimbledon again.

German tennis legend Boris Becker is afraid that Spanish ace Rafael Nadal may never play at Wimbledon again following his shock defeat to Belgium’s Steve Darcis in the tournament’s first round this year.

The French Open champion was still suffering from his persistent knee problems as he lost to World No. 135 Darcis, the Mirror reported.

According to triple Wimbledon champion Becker, Nadal now has to consider whether grass has a future for him, adding that he had felt that the Spaniard should not have contemplated playing this year in the tournament.

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Is this the last time Rafael Nadal visits SW19? Pic/AFP

However, World No. 2 Andy Murray said that although there will be a lot of criticisms following Nadal’s exit from the tournament, he believed that the 12-time Grand Slam winner will be back.

Stating that injuries are common to players, Murray further said that they often make a difference to a player’s performance, adding that unfortunately a player is termed as a ‘sore loser’ if he talks about his injuries later.

Meanwhile, German player Philipp Kohlschreiber reportedly forfeited his match by walking off the court, after telling the umpire that he was ‘tired’.

According to the report, the World No.16 was two sets up on Croatia’s Ivan Dodig but dropped the next two, after which he decided to walk off, although Kohlschreiber later denied that he quit over bad calls and claimed that he was just ‘angry’ for suffering from flu.

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