Rafael Nadal will miss the first summer Masters of the season in Montreal due to his ab muscle he injured at Wimbledon last month.
Nadal, a 5-time Canadian champion, was hopeful to be back in Montreal but the injury is still preventing him from serving full strength, and he just felt a twinge yesterday during a practice session back in Spain.
Nadal said via a statement, “I have been practising for a while now without serving and started with serves four days ago. Everything has been going well. However yesterday, after my normal practice, I felt a slight bother on my abdominal and today it was still there.
“After speaking with my doctor, we prefer to take things in a conservative way and give a few more days before starting to compete. I would like to thank Eugene, the Tournament Director, and all his team for understanding and supporting me and this decision.
“I am very sad not to finally travel to Montréal. It’s a tournament that I have won 5 times and I love to play there. I seriously hope I can come back there to play in front of the amazing crowds up there.”
Nadal is still entered in the Cincinnati Masters.
Also not in the field is Novak Djokovic who cannot get into Canada because he’s unvaccinated. The Serb is still hopeful to make the US Open however there’s been zero movement as far as U.S. policy changes that would get him in.
Daniil Medvedev and Carlos Alcaraz are projected to be the top 2 seeds.
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