Rafael Nadal’s ailing knees have forced him out of the third consecutive summer event. After missing the Olympic games in London and Toronto this week, Nadal has announced that despite a return to the practice courts to train that he will be unable to play at Cincinnati which begins on Monday.
“Hi all, another message to announce something that definitely doesn’t make me happy, but unfortunately I won’t be competing at the tournament in Cincinnati next week,” Nadal posted on Facebook. “I am still not ready to play. I have many fans in Cincy and unforgettable moments such as 2008. I am continuing with my recup and practice. Thanks!”
Nadal hasn’t played since his shock loss to Lukas Rosol at Wimbledon. The 26-year-old has been hampered by knee troubles for most of his career. He hasn’t won a title off clay since the fall of 2010 at Tokyo.
Unless Nadal makes an unlikely request for a wildcard into Winston-Salem, the Spaniard will not play a warmup in preparation for the US Open.
Nadal had never missed either the Canadian Open or Cincinnati in his career. His next tournament is scheduled for the US Open then Davis Cup in Spain against the U.S.
Rafa has never missed the US Open.
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