Rafael Nadal Australian Open 2021

Rafael Nadal casts further US Open doubt with Toronto withdrawal

Rafael Nadal has withdrawn from the National Bank Open in Toronto due to the foot injury which ruled him out of Wimbledon and the Tokyo Olympics.

The Spaniard made his return to action in Washington last week, though admitted his injury was still bothering him in his victory against Jack Sock and subsequent defeat to Lloyd Harris.

Announcing his withdrawal, the five-time National Bank Open champion said he is not able to enjoy his tennis until he makes a full recovery.

“I have had this issue for a couple of months, as people know,” Nadal said. “Of course, it is not a happy situation after all the success that I had here in Canada, not being able to play this year after missing a year.

“It’s a tough one, but that’s how it is today. I need to go back and try to find a way to be better again. At the end of the day, for me the most important thing is to enjoy playing tennis.

“Today, with this pain, I am not able to enjoy it, and I really don’t believe that I have the chance to fight for the things that I really need to fight for.”

It is unclear whether Nadal will also miss the final pre cursor event to the US Open in Cincinnati, though the Spaniard said he will know more in the near future.

“I really wanted to play here a lot, but now is the moment to make a decision,” Nadal said. “This is unfortunately the decision that I have taken, and probably in the next couple of days we are going to know more.”