I Rafael Nadal took some time to relax after a disappointing tournament as he rested at Formentera on Monday.
The 36-year-old Spaniard showed off his athletic physique while sunbathing on a yacht and riding a jet ski.
Summer: Rafael Nadal (R) took time to relax after pulling out of Wimbledon last week due to injury as he enjoyed a break in Formentera on Monday
He kept cool in the summer heat in light blue patterned shorts that showed off his deep tan.
Rafa was accompanied by a male friend while he was on the boat, but his wife Maria Francisco Perella, who is pregnant with their first child, was not with him.
The tennis star looked happy and relaxed during his day at sea, where he energetically jumped on a jet ski and enjoyed surfing the waves.
Fun in the sun: The 36-year-old Spaniard showed off his athletic physique while sunbathing on a yacht and riding a jet ski
The star announced he was coming off the game after a 45-minute practice session earlier on Thursday in which he was clearly struggling.
Thus he gave Nick Kyrgios a free pass to his first Grand Slam final.
Fit: He kept cool in the summer heat in a pair of light blue patterned shorts which showed off his deep tan
The trip: Rafa was accompanied by a friend during his time on the boat, but his wife Maria Francisco Perella, who is pregnant with their first child, was not with him.
Nadal remains unbeaten at Slam events in 2022 after winning the Australian and French Opens. He decided that the stomach injury that was hampering his pitching would not allow him to compete properly.
Nadal’s unlikely push for a calendar year Grand Slam was always likely to be derailed as his body increasingly refused to cooperate.
At the French Open, he spoke about how his doctor had to “sedate his leg” to make it through the tournament, and that he was not going to undergo another course of injections for the grass-court season.
Out and about: The tennis star looked happy and relaxed on a day out in the sea, where he energetically jumped on a jet ski and enjoyed surfing the waves
Sad: This comes after Rafael bowed out of contention for a Grand Slam title last week by pulling out of Wimbledon
Such has been his continued success that it’s easy to forget he’s closer to 40 than 30, and he missed the second half of last season with the first flare-up of foot problems.
In a press conference on Thursday evening at 19:20, Nadal confirmed: “Unfortunately, as you can imagine, I am here because I have to withdraw from the tournament.
“As everyone saw yesterday, I’m suffering from stomach pain and something is wrong there. It’s confirmed, I’ve torn a muscle and the connection is too late.
Brutal: The star announced his retirement after a 45-minute training session earlier on Thursday in which he looked visibly battered
Official: In a press conference on Thursday evening at 19:20, Nadal confirmed: “Unfortunately, as you can imagine, I am here because I have to withdraw from the tournament.”
Star: Nadal remains unbeaten at Slams in 2022 after wins at Australian and French Opens
“I’ve been thinking all day about what decision to make, but I don’t think it makes sense to go, even if I try to continue my career.
“These are very difficult circumstances but obviously if I keep going the injury will get worse and worse.”
“I never thought about the calendar slam, I thought about my diary and my happiness,” Nadal said.
Oops: He said at the French Open that his doctor had to “sedate his leg” to make it through the tournament and that he wasn’t going to have another round of injections for the grass-court season
Difficult: Nadal’s unlikely pursuit of a calendar year Grand Slam was always likely to be scuttled by his increasingly uncooperative body
Upset: He explained: “It’s very difficult circumstances but obviously if I keep going the injury will get worse and worse.”
“I’m taking the decision because I don’t believe I can win two matches under these circumstances.
“The thing is, not only can’t I serve at the right speed, I can’t make a normal pitching motion.
“After that, I can imagine myself winning two matches, and for the sake of self-respect to some extent, I don’t want to go there and not be competitive enough to play at the level I need to achieve my goals.”
He said: “I’m taking the decision because I don’t believe I can win two matches in these circumstances.”
Action hero: He was spotted on a yachting holiday with friends, and despite his injury, the thrill-seeker still decided to jump on a jet ski
Unbelievable: Nadal currently has the most Grand Slams in tennis history, an incredible achievement
Taking time out: He was relaxing on a yacht after a very tough week at Wimbledon