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Rafael Nadal Withdraws from Nationwide Financial institution Open with Stomach Damage

Rafael Nadal Withdraws from Nationwide Financial institution Open with Stomach Damage

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Rafael Nadal is withdrawing from the upcoming Nationwide Financial institution Open in Montreal as he continues to cope with an belly harm.

Nadal mentioned in a press release through Tennis Canada (h/t ATP Tour):

“I’ve been working towards for some time now with out serving and began with serves 4 days in the past. Every part has been going effectively. Nevertheless yesterday, after my regular observe, I felt a slight trouble on my belly and at present it was nonetheless there.

“After talking with my physician, we desire to take issues in a conservative means and provides just a few extra days earlier than beginning to compete. I want to thank Eugene, the Event Director, and all his staff for understanding and supporting me and this determination.

“I’m very unhappy to not lastly journey to Montréal. It’s a event that I’ve gained 5 occasions and I like to play there. I severely hope I can come again there to play in entrance of the wonderful crowds up there.”

Spanish newspaper Marca (h/t ESPN’s Simon Cambers) reported in July throughout Wimbledon that Nadal had a 7-millimeter tear in certainly one of his belly muscle groups.

The World No. 3 reached the Wimbledon quarterfinals, the place he defeated Taylor Fritz 3-6, 7-5, 3-6, 7-5, 7-6 (10-4). Nevertheless, he was unable to compete in a scheduled semifinal conflict with Australian Nick Kyrgios as a result of belly harm.

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Nadal has not competed since withdrawing from the Wimbledon semifinals.

The Spaniard has claimed 5 titles in Canada. He has gained three occasions in Montreal and two in Toronto over his legendary profession, together with his final victory within the nation coming within the 2019 Canadian Open.

Regardless of the belly harm and lacking all of April with a stress fracture in his rib suffered in a match in opposition to countryman Carlos Alcaraz at Indian Wells in March, Nadal has nonetheless loved a formidable 2022 marketing campaign.

The 36-year-old is 35-3 and gained the Australian Open in Melbourne and French Open at Roland Garros to seize sole possession of probably the most Grand Slam titles in males’s historical past with 22.

Along with Nadal, Novak Djokovic also withdrew from the Nationwide Financial institution Open. He stays unvaccinated in opposition to COVID-19 and is not eligible to enter Canada with out being absolutely vaccinated.

Alcaraz, Kyrgios, Casper Ruud, Stefanos Tsitsipas and world No. 1 Daniil Medvedev would be the gamers to observe in Montreal with Nadal and Djokovic out of the event.

The following main occasion within the tennis circuit comes later this month on the U.S. Open. Nadal’s standing for the event, which he final gained in 2019, stays unclear.

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