World No. 2 Rafael Nadal has officially withdrawn from his title defences in Toronto and Cincinnati. The Spaniard revealed the news on Wednesday afternoon after he injured his wrist in training a day prior.
“I’m extremely disappointed that I am unable to defend my Rogers Cup title this year,” Nadal said in a press release issued by Tennis Canada. “I was looking forward to coming there and playing again in Toronto as I have always loved to play in Canada and had great results in the past at a very important event. Unfortunately I injured myself yesterday during practice and after checking with my doctors I will have to stay out of competition for at least 2-3 weeks. I am sorry to the tournament and to all of the fans.”
More specifically, tests found “a small detachment of posterior sheath of the right ulnar wrist” in Nadal. Immobilization (cast) 2-3 weeks.
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Rogers Cup tournament director, Karl Hale, also expressed his disappointment over the loss, “We know Rafa is a fan favourite and our fans will be upset by his absence. 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.”
This is a significant setback for Rafa, who had a total of 4000 ranking points to defend in the coming month, including the US Open, which begins in the last week of August.
Nadal won his ninth French Open title in June before making a disappointing transition to grass, which saw him lose his opening match at Halle as well as the fourth round match of the Wimbledon Championships. It was his early loss and Djokovic’s title win that saw the two rivals switch spots in the rankings.
The Rogers Cup begins Monday, August 4, while the Western & Southern Open starts the following Monday, August 11..