Toronto - Rafael Nadal was forced to pull out of the Toronto and Cincinnati
Masters with a wrist injury on Wednesday, just under three weeks out
from the US Open where he is defending champion.
Spaniard said he had hurt his right wrist in training and needed up to
three weeks rest. The US Open gets under way in New York on August 25.
I injured my right wrist yesterday (Tuesday) during practice and after
the tests I have undergone today in Spain, including an MRI, and
checking with my doctors, I will have to stay out of competition for at
least 2-3 weeks," said the world number two.
"I am sorry and wish the best to the tournament and thank all of the fans for their support.
extremely disappointed that I am unable to defend my titles and compete
in Toronto and Cincinnati this year. I was looking forward to coming
and playing again after my great results last year."
The Toronto Masters starts on Monday with the Cincinnati event getting under way the following week.
Nadal's career has been plagued by injury with persistent knee problems often forcing him onto the sidelines.
missed seven months of action in 2012-2013 before making a blistering
return with a successful defence of his French Open and capturing an
emotional second US Open crown in September.
Nadal hasn't played since his shock Wimbledon fourth round loss to Australian teenager Nick Kyrgios four weeks ago.
He was defending champion in Cincinnati as well as Canada where the Masters event was played in Montreal last year.
"It is very unfortunate that Rafa is unable to defend his title," said Cincinnati tournament director Vince Cicero.
is a great champion, and his run to the title last year electrified our
fans. We will miss him, and we wish him a very speedy recovery."
Cincinnati still boasts a powerful field led by world number one Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer and Andy Murray.
is one of five players to withdraw from the Cincinnati event due to
injury, joining Nicolas Almagro (foot), Alexandr Dolgopolov (knee),
Tommy Haas (shoulder) and Florian Mayer (groin).
The Spaniard will miss the Toronto event for only the second time since his 2004 debut.
know Rafa is a fan favourite and our fans will be upset by his
absence," said Karl Hale, the tournament director of the Rogers Cup
"But we also know that if Rafa could play he would as he
has a great respect for our event and his Canadian fans. We wish him
well and hope he returns to the Tour healthy as soon as possible."
Toronto will still boast eight of the top 10 players in the world, including Djokovic, Federer and Murray.