Tennis ace Rafael Nadal has withdrawn from the US Open due to an injury.
Nadal has been suffering a foot injury for a while now. It has been a thorn in his side, and it has ruled him out of the US Open. He will also not compete for the rest of 2021. He had returned to action last month, and it ended just as soon as it began.
The 35-year-old took to Instagram to address his fans about his situation. He also posted a thread on Twitter explaining the condition in Spanish.
“I am very sorry to announce that I will not be able to be playing tennis during the 2021 season,” Nadal said.
“But as you know, I have been suffering too much with my foot for the last year now. I missed a lot of important tournaments for me like the US Open now, like Wimbledon, the Olympics and many other events that are so important and emotional for me.
“But the foot is not (in) a proper way today. During the last year, I was not able to practice and prepare myself the way that I need to, to be competitive at the standards that I want to be.
“I am confident that I will recover again. If the foot is better I am confident that my tennis and my mentality will be there again soon. The only thing you can be sure (of is) I’m going to fight every single day to make that happen,” he said.
Out of action
Nadal’s niggling foot injury has ruled him out of several games. He hasn’t played at the Grand Slam level since his loss to Stefanos Tsitsipas in the French Open semi-finals. With his injury and withdrawal, the US Open is getting thinner. Names like Roger Federer and Dominic Thiem have also been ruled out.
The World No. 4 will hope to return as soon as he is cleared. Nadal will want to get back to competitive action and challenge for titles when he is fit.