Rafael Nadal has officially announced his withdrawal from the US Open, the tournament reports.
“Rafa has informed us that he will not be ready to compete at the US Open this year and has withdrawn from the tournament. We hope to see him back on the court soon and look forward to his return to New York next year,” US Open tournament director David Brewer said in a statement this morning.
Via twitter Nadal said, “I am very sad to announce that I am not ready to play the US Open in NY. Thanks to my fans for their support and specially, the new yorkers.”
Nadal has been recovering from continued knee pain in his left knee. The Spaniard won the US Open in 2010 completing the career Grand Slam and he finished runner up last year to Novak Djokovic.
Nadal had never missed the US Open until this year. The last Grand Slam Nadal missed was 2009 Wimbledon.
He has not played a tournament since a shock loss to Lukas Rosol in the second round of Wimbledon in June. Nadal is still scheduled to play on clay when the US visits Spain in mid September for the Davis Cup semifinals.
Nadal’s withdrawal will leave either Roger Federer or Novak Djokovic with Andy Murray in his half with the other being rewarded with David Ferrer.
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