Two days following Rafael Nadal’s withdrawal from the US Open, his doctor, Angelo Cotorro, is uncertain about when the Spaniard will be able to return to professional competition.
“An official date for a comeback has yet to be decided or confirmed. Initially we spoke about three weeks, but it was honestly impossible to heal the injury back in time for the US Open. Rafael wouldn’t have been ready to face two weeks of intense tennis at the best of five sets. Athletes play in these tournaments only if they are in top form”.
The world No. 2 had previously withdrawn himself from title defenses in Toronto and Cincinnati but held off on announcing his pullout until he was certain he could no longer compete at the season’s final Grand Slam event. While few expected the Spaniard to compete at the season’s final Grand Slam event, his doctor revealed that the defending champion was trying his hardest to work out a solution in time.
“Rafael did everything he could to play, practicing hard every single day. He just didn’t have enough time on his side. He would have wanted to be in New York, but he knew from the start of the treatment that it would have been very hard to make it. We will continue the treatment with physiotherapy and rehabilitation, we will do undertake further tests in the upcoming days, but really, we currently can’t give a date for Rafael’s comeback”.
The US Open is scheduled to begin Monday, Aug. 25.