Nadal withdraws from U.S. Open
08/18/2014 9:38 AM
08/18/2014 9:42 AM
(SportsNetwork.com) - Rafael Nadal will miss the upcoming U.S. Open because of a right wrist injury.
Nadal, the 2010 and 2013 U.S. Open champ, hasn't played since a fourth-round loss to Nick Kyrgios at Wimbledon. He skipped scheduled U.S. Open tune-up events in Toronto and Cincinnati because of the wrist issue.
The 14-time Grand Slam winner made the announcement on his Facebook and Twitter pages Monday.
"I am very sorry to announce I won't be able to play at this year's US Open, a tournament on which I've played three consecutive finals in my last participations," Nadal said in a statement Monday. "I am sure you understand that it is a very tough moment for me since it is a tournament I love and where I have great memories from fans, the night matches, so many things. Not much more I can do right now, other than accept the situation and, as always in my case, work hard in order to be able to compete at the highest level once I am back."
Nadal beat Novak Djokovic to win last year's title at Flushing Meadows after missing the 2012 edition because of injury. He lost to Djokovic in the 2011 final after beating the Serb in the 2010 title match.
The 28-year-old Spaniard has won three titles in 2014 and also reached three other finals. He lost to Stan Wawrinka in the final at the Australian Open and won the French Open for the fifth straight time with a victory over Djokovic.
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