Rafael Nadal has announced his withdrawal from the US Open and the remainder of the 2021 season due to a lingering foot injury.
The 20-time grand slam champion took to social media to explain his decision to get his body right, adding he is determined to get back on the court contending for major tournaments.
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Nadal had only returned to the court earlier this month after pulling out of Wimbledon and the Tokyo Olympics with a foot injury.
He lost his second match at the Citi Open in Washington to South African Lloyd Harris, before withdrawing from a hard court tournament in Toronto due to the same injury.
Nadal announced his decision to miss the remainder of the season on Twitter in a lengthy thread in Spanish, while addressing his fans on Instagram in both Spanish and English.
“I am very sorry to announce that I will not be able to be playing tennis during the 2021 season,” the 35-year-old said on Instagram.
“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.
“After coming back from Toronto, I took a couple of days to think about, talk with my family, with my team and with my doctor especially to understand what’s going on.
“But the foot is not 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.
“So we had to take that decision but I am confident that I will recover myself 100 per cent and I will be able to fight again for the most important things.”
Nadal revealed it is a recurrence of the same foot injury he has been managing throughout his entire career.
The world No. 4 said he was determined to get his body healthy and get back to competing at his high standards at grand slams.
“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,” he said.