The suspicion that Rafael Nadal wouldn’t have performed within the US Open has become actuality. Not solely will the Spanish champion miss the New York Grand Slam for the second time in a row (he was additionally absent in 2020), however he is not going to return to the courtroom earlier than the beginning of 2022.
The previous world no 1 has by no means appeared in high type this season, not even throughout his beloved interlude on clay. After being eradicated within the semifinals on the Roland Garros, the Majorcan had determined to take two months off to recuperate from his foot harm by giving up Wimbledon and the Tokyo Olympics.
The return of the 35-year-old from Manacor came about in Washington, the place he succumbed to Lloyd Harris and ache within the third spherical. There Nadal realized that the foot drawback was extra critical than anticipated, a lot in order that he introduced the forfeit in each Toronto and Cincinnati.
Rafa’s 2021 due to this fact goes to the archive with two trophies raised, Barcelona and Rome, having needed to save match factors alongside the best way in each circumstances.
Moya reveals Nadal’s bodily situation
Speaking on Onda Cero, his coach Carlos Moya supplied some further particulars on Nadal’s bodily situation.
Moya mentioned: “The reality is that Rafa hasn’t been nicely in any respect for a while. On clay the ache is milder and could be managed higher, however on concrete the scenario has worsened considerably. The ache was too dangerous to proceed taking part in.
It was a hazard that we had thought-about, we knew that issues may have turned out this fashion. Sadly, we is not going to see Rafa on the pitch once more for the remainder of this yr. After speaking to some specialists, they informed us it was higher to cease, relaxation your foot and recharge the batteries to get to 2022 in the absolute best form.”
Given the variety of factors he would have needed to defend, the Iberian may lose his place within the High 10 by the top of 2021. We remind you that, along with the US Open, two Masters 1000s and the ATP Finals are nonetheless lacking.