Spanish sensation Rafael Nadal has decided to skip the upcoming US Open owing to a foot injury he picked up ahead of his semi-final clash with eventual champion Novak Djokovic at Roland Garros in June. Nadal took to Twitter to break the news to his fans, saying that he needs time to recover.
“Hello everyone, I wanted to inform you that unfortunately I have to end the 2021 season,” the Spaniard wrote on Twitter. “Honestly, I’ve been suffering a lot more than I should with my foot for a year and I need to take some time to resolve this problem or at least improve the situation (if I want to be able to play) the next few years.”
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The injury forced Nadal to miss the Wimbledon and Tokyo Olympics before returning to the courts in Washington, where he suffered a three-set defeat to South Africa’s Lloyd Harris. Nadal then pulled out of the following event in Toronto, which is considered as a gateway to US Open.
The world No 3, who has won 20 major titles, is the latest in the list of big names who will miss the US Open. On Sunday, legendary Roger Federer also withdrew his name from the US Open. Federer is struggling with a knee injury and will require surgery to fix the issue that will keep him at bay for several months. Defending Champion Dominic Thiem also pulled out of the tournament after failing to recover from a wrist injury.