Rafael Nadal will miss the US Open after asserting on Friday that he’s ending his season due to an harm to his left foot that has troubled him since his defeat within the semi-finals on the French Open in June.
“Hello everyone, I wanted to inform you that unfortunately I have to end the 2021 season,” the Spaniard wrote on Twitter.
“Honestly, I’ve been suffering a lot more than I should with my foot for a year and I need to take some time to resolve this problem or at least improve the situation (if I want to be able to play) the next few years.”
Following his defeat to Novak Djokovic at Roland Garros, Nadal skipped Wimbledon and the Olympics earlier than making a return to the courts in Washington earlier this month.
He beat Jack Sock however then slipped to a three-set defeat by the hands of South Africa’s Lloyd Harris, after which the 35-year-old declared that “the foot was better”.
However, that proved to be untimely as he then pulled out of the Toronto Masters saying it was “not a happy situation” and is lacking from the present match in Cincinatti, the standard curtain-raiser for the US Open which begins on August 30.
Nadal mentioned that he needed to present his foot time to heal in order that he might come again absolutely aggressive in 2022.
“It is with the greatest enthusiasm that I will do everything I can to find the best possible form and return to competition with the objectives that are most important to me,” mentioned Nadal.
“I’m satisfied that I can obtain this if my foot heals and, after all, with nice every day effort. I’ll work as a lot as I can to make it so.
“I promise to work hard to try and continue to benefit from this sport for a while longer.”
The world quantity 4, who has 20 main titles to his identify together with 4 in New York, is simply the most recent massive identify to overlook out on the US Open.
On Sunday, one other former champion Roger Federer additionally pulled out of Flushing Meadows.
The 40-year-old, who has 5 US Open titles to his identify, mentioned he wanted additional knee surgical procedure and admitted he “will be out for many months”.
Defending champion Dominic Thiem additionally introduced his withdrawal this week after failing to recuperate from a wrist harm.
World primary Djokovic is predicted to be current despite not having performed since shedding the bronze medal match on the Olympics in Tokyo.
The Serb has gained all three majors this season and is keen to make a clear sweep in New York.
A 3-time champion on the US Open, Djokovic is bidding to turn out to be solely the third man — and first since 1969 — to finish a calendar Grand Slam.
Victory would additionally give him a document 20th main, breaking the tie of 20 he presently has with Nadal and Federer.
This yr’s US Open would be the second in a row that each Nadal and Federer have missed.