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Wrist injury that sidelined Nadal at French Open keeps him out of Wimbledon tuneup

Nine-time champion Rafael Nadal announces he is pulling out of the French Open because of an injury to his left wrist during a press conference at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris, France, Friday, {map} 27, 2016. The left-handed Nadal made the announcement at a hastily arranged news conference Friday, one day before he would have been scheduled to play his third-round match. (AP Photo/Michel Euler)

Nine-time champion Rafael Nadal announces he is pulling out of the French Open because of an injury to his left wrist during a press conference at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris, France, Friday, {map} 27, 2016. The left-handed Nadal made the announcement at a hastily arranged news conference Friday, one day before he would have been scheduled to play his third-round match. (AP Photo/Michel Euler)

Rafael Nadal pulled out of the Queen's Club grass-court tournament that serves as a tuneup for Wimbledon, citing the left wrist injury that cut his French Open short.

Nadal, a 14-time Grand Slam champion, withdrew from Queen's Club on Wednesday.

He won that event in 2008, when he also went on to win his first of two titles at the All England Club.

The Queen's Club tournament starts June 13.

The left-handed Spaniard suddenly announced last week in Paris that he could not continue to play at Roland Garros, where he has won a record nine trophies.

Wearing a blue brace on his wrist, he held a news conference the day before his third-round match, saying that he won in the second round after receiving a painkilling injection but was in too much pain to continue playing.

Nadal said there was inflammation in the wrist's tendon sheath but didn't think he would need surgery and expected to be able to enter Wimbledon, which begins June 27.

He has appeared in five finals at Wimbledon, winning a second championship in 2010, along with runner-up finishes in 2006, 2007 and 2011.

But Nadal only once has made it as far as the fourth round at the grass-court major since then, including a first-round loss in 2013, along with second-round exits in 2012 and last year.

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