Taylor Fritz has responded to claims from tennis fans that he should be reinstated into this year’s Wimbledon championships, after his quarter-final conqueror Rafael Nadal withdrew from the tournament due to injury.
Nadal earned one of his most hard-fought victories ever earlier this week on Centre Court when he secured a five set win over the impressive Fritz despite suffering from an injury which left him in visible pain from the early stages of the match.
The Spaniard’s father and sister had urged him to retire from the match but Nadal continued and came two-sets-to-one down to win three-two, but pulled out of the tournament on Thursday evening after struggling to serve in a 45-minute practice session.
That means that Australian Nick Kyrgios has been given a bye to the final, where he will face either 20-time Grand Slam champion Novak Djokovic or Britain’s Cameron Norrie.
Some fans have asked for 24-year-old Fritz to be reinstated into the tournament in Nadal’s place, but Fritz disagrees.
‘Nah not looking for handouts, if I couldn’t beat him [Nadal] then I don’t deserve to be in the semis…simple as that,’ the American wrote on Twitter after thanking fans for their support throughout the Championships.
After winning the Australian and French Opens earlier this year, Nadal was attempting to the win the calendar-year Grand Slam, but that dream is now over after he was diagnosed with a seven-millimetre abdominal tear that meant the 23-time Major winner felt he was unable to continue.
Nadal had been in impressive form in southwest London, dropping only a single set against Lithuania’s Ričardas Berankis in his second round match.
Now though, either Djokovic will close the gap on to the Spaniard to one in terms of Grand Slam titles, or either Kyrgios or Norrie will win their first ever.
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