Rafael Nadal has withdrawn from the U.S. Open in New York. Instead of risking exacerbating a foot injury by playing in the tournament, the world No. 1 has announced he will be heading home. “I am very sad not to be able to play in the U.S. Open at the moment,” he said in a statement. “However, I know that my recovery is going very well and that I will be able to start competing soon. Thank you for all the great messages.” Nadal is planning to skip the rest of the season, meaning he will have only two tournaments left this year. They are the tournaments in Tokyo, where he beat Roger Federer in the 2014 final, and the World Tour Finals in London, where he was a finalist in the last two years. The 31-year-old’s next scheduled tournament is the China Open in Beijing.
Nadal said he is unsure when he will return, but said that it would not be until the beginning of the new season. “We will start the program in January, probably start in the quarterfinals in Qatar at the earliest,” he said.
He continued: “I will see when I get to the practice court. I have to wait for my feet. Today they are there, and I just need to continue doing everything and come back 100 per cent. That’s the main thing. There is a lot of little things here and there. It is normal with the problems that I have here and there, but those have been improving every day. It’s great news that the ankle is not acting crazy here. So that is a big relief.”
Rafael Nadal is going to miss the rest of the year. Here’s a proof. #USOpen pic.twitter.com/EwkQYG5lt4 — SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) September 22, 2017
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