Rafael Nadal has ended his 2021 season early resulting from a left foot downside that has troubled him for a yr, turning into the most recent huge identify dominated out of this month’s US Open.
The 20-time grand slam champion suffered a shock exit in Washington this month, the place he kicked off his lead-up to the ultimate grand slam of the yr, and final week pulled out of the Masters 1000 occasion in Toronto because of the downside.
“I needed to tell you that sadly I’ve to finish the 2021 season,” Nadal tweeted on Friday.
The recurring situation flared up on the French Open, the place he fell to eventual champion Novak Djokovic within the semi-finals, and it brought about him to overlook Wimbledon and the Tokyo Olympics.
“Truthfully, I’ve been struggling rather more than I ought to with my foot for a yr and I must take a while… to discover a resolution to this downside or at the very least enhance it as a way to proceed to have choices for the subsequent few years,” Nadal mentioned.
“I am with the utmost enthusiasm and predisposition to do no matter it takes to get better the very best form to maintain competing for the issues that basically encourage me.
“I am satisfied that with the restoration of the foot and clearly a vital every day effort… this may be achieved. I’ll work as onerous as I can to make it occur.”
Nadal’s nice rival and fellow 20-times Grand Slam winner Roger Federer can be out of the US. Open and might be sidelined for a lot of months as a result of he wants knee surgical procedure, whereas reigning champion Dominic Thiem can be out by way of harm.
The US Open runs from August 30-September 12.
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