Earlier today Rafael Nadal made it official, ending his 2016 season due to his left wrist injury. Nadal was still to play in Basel, Paris and if qualified, the ATP Finals next month which he will now miss for the fourth time in six years.
“It is no secret that I arrived to the Olympic Games short of preparation and not fully recovered, but the goal was to compete and win a medal for Spain,” Nadal said in a statement. “This forced recovery has caused me pain since then and now I am forced to stop and start preparing the 2017 season. I am very saddened for not being able to play next week in Basel since I have a great memory of the tournament and the final played against Roger Federer last year. I won’t be able to compete either in Paris-Bercy, where the crowds and the FFT staff have always treated me so well. Now it is time to rest and start preparing intensively the 2017 season.”
Nadal’s left wrist became a problem after his second round win over the French Open. He missed Wimbledon but returned to the Olympics, however he went just 10-6 in his return losing back-to-back matches in China to Grigor Dimitrov in Beijing and then Viktor Troicki in Shanghai.
Nadal will finish 2016 ranked No. higher than No. 7 and with just two titles, his fewest during any season since 2004. And after failing to reach a Grand Slam semifinalist last year, this season he didn’t even make a quarterfinal in three attempts.
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