Defending champion Nadal withdraws from US Open

DPA Berlin | Updated on August 18, 2014

Rafael Nadal Monday pulled out of the US Open because of a wrist injury.

The 2013 champion and world-ranked number two said in a statement posted on Facebook he would not be able to defend his title in the tournament starting next Monday.

“I am very sorry to announce I won’t be able to play at this year’s US Open tournament on which I’ve played 3 consecutive finals in my last participations,” he said.

“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 defeated Novak Djokovic in last year’s final to win his second U.S. Open title.

However he has not competed since losing in the fourth round of Wimbledon to 19-year-old Nick Kyrgios in four sets on July 1.

Published on August 18, 2014

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