Rafael Nadal out for the rest of 2021
Rafael Nadal has made the announcement that he will not return to court for the US Open or even before the end of the season.
The world number four last competed in Washington, losing to Lloyd Harris, before being slated to play in Toronto before being forced to pull out.
After skipping Cincinnati, doubts were cast about whether Nadal would participate in New York for the US Open.
Those doubts have now been confirmed, with the Spaniard announcing as much to his fans.
“Hello everyone,” he began a statement on Twitter. “I wanted to inform you that unfortunately I have to end the 2021 season.
“Honestly, I’ve been suffering a lot more than I should with my foot for a year and I need to take some time.
“After having discussed it with the team and family, this decision has been made and I think it is the way forward to try to recover and recover well.”
Hola todos: quería comunicaros que desgraciadamente tengo que poner fin a la temporada 2021.
Sinceramente llevo un año sufriendo mucho más de lo que debería con con mi pie y necesito tomarme un tiempo.
— Rafa Nadal (@RafaelNadal) August 20, 2021
It means that for the second year in a row both Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal will not take to the courts of Flushing Meadows, a Slam the two men have won a combined nine times.
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