Rafael Nadal will miss the US Open after saying 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.
“Howdy everybody, I needed to tell you that sadly I’ve to finish the 2021 season,” the Spaniard wrote on Twitter.
“Actually, I’ve been struggling much more than I ought to with my foot for a 12 months and I must take a while to resolve this downside or not less than enhance the scenario (if I would like to have the ability to play) the subsequent 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 higher”.
Nevertheless, that proved to be untimely as he then pulled out of the Toronto Masters saying it was “not a cheerful scenario” and is lacking from the present event in Cincinatti, the standard curtain-raiser for the US Open which begins on August 30.
Nadal mentioned that he needed to provide his foot time to heal in order that he might come again absolutely aggressive in 2022.
“It’s with the best enthusiasm that I’ll do all the things I can to seek out the very best kind and return to competitors with the aims which can be most necessary to me,” mentioned Nadal.
“I’m satisfied that I can obtain this if my foot heals and, in fact, with nice each day effort. I’ll work as a lot as I can to make it so.
“I promise to work laborious to try to proceed to profit from this sport for some time longer.” The world quantity 4, who has 20 main titles to his identify together with 4 in New York, is simply the newest 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 probably be out for a lot of months”.
Defending champion Dominic Thiem additionally introduced his withdrawal this week after failing to get well from a wrist harm.
World primary Djokovic is anticipated to be current regardless of not having performed since dropping the bronze medal match on the Olympics in Tokyo.
The Serb has received 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 into solely the third man — and first since 1969 — to finish a calendar Grand Slam.
Victory would additionally give him a file twentieth main, breaking the tie of 20 he presently has with Nadal and Federer.
This 12 months’s US Open would be the second in a row that each Nadal and Federer have missed.