Spanish tennis star Rafael Nadal announced today, Friday, that he will end his participation in the tournaments for the remainder of the 2021 season due to a foot injury that troubles him for a year.
Unexpectedly, Nadal quit the Washington Championships earlier this month at the start of his preparations for the last Grand Slam of the current season, before withdrawing this week from the Toronto Masters due to the same problem.
World number four Nadal wrote on Twitter on Friday, “I would like to inform you that, unfortunately, I had to end my career for the 2021 season.”
The effects of this injury appeared during the French Open, where he lost in the semi-finals to Novak Djokovic, who later won the title.
“Honestly, I have suffered too much for a year because of my foot and I need some time… to find a solution to this problem or at least to improve the situation in order to continue to have options over the next few years,” the Spanish star added.
The player also said, “I am very excited and determined to do whatever is required to recover and reach the best possible level in order to continue to compete for the things that motivate me to do so.
“I am convinced that this can be achieved through foot recovery and some daily efforts. I will work as hard as I can to achieve this goal.”
Veteran Swiss star Roger Federer, who has won 20 major titles, will not participate, like Nadal, in the US Open and will be out for several months due to knee surgery.
The US Open will be held from August 30 to September 12.
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