ATP Tour

Nadal's US Open in doubt

2014-07-30 19:12
Rafael Nadal (AFP)

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.

The 28-year-old 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.

"Unfortunately 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.

"I'm 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.

He 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.

"He 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.

Nadal 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.

"We 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 event.

"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.

Read more on:    atp tour  |  us open  |  rafael nadal  |  tennis

What To Read Next


Read News24’s Comments Policy publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.
Live Video Streaming
Sport Talk


Which is your favourite Grand Slam of the year?

Love 2 Meet
English Premiership flutter

Take Sport24's "expert" tips at your peril...

Sport24 on Twitter

Follow Sport24 news on Twitter


The 2017/18 Absa Premiership season is under way. Can Bidvest Wits defend their title? Will Soweto giants Kaizer Chiefs or Orlando Pirates emerge victorious? Or will the bookies' favourites, Mamelodi Sundowns, taste success for a record eighth time? Stay glued to Sport24 to find out!

Latest blogs

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.