20 Jun 2009

Nadal out of Winbledon

8:53 am on 20 June 2009

Champion Rafael Nadal pulled out of Wimbledon after losing his battle to recover from a knee injury.

The Spaniard, who has been struggling with tendinitis in his knees since being knocked out of the French Open last month, tested his fitness in two exhibition matches this week but after losing both decided not to defend his Wimbledon title just three days before the start of the major.

He will be the first man not to defend his All England Club crown since Croatia's Goran Ivanisevic skipped the grasscourt grand slam in 2002.