Rafael Nadal pulls out of Wimbledon due to wrist injury

• 14-time grand slam champion will miss Wimbledon for first time since 2009
• ‘It’s a very tough decision but the injury needs time to heal’

Rafael Nadal’s career edged perilously closer to an uncertain future on Thursday when he confirmed what many had feared: his damaged left wrist, the sharpest arrow in his quiver, is not up to the rigours of Wimbledon, which begins in three weeks.

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