Rafael Nadal withdraws from Montreal hard court tournament

Rafa Nadal has withdrawn from next week’s US Open warm-up tournament in Montreal, Canada, due to the same abdominal strain that forced him to miss his Wimbledon semi-final last month, the Friday.

The world number three missed out on a chance at another Grand Slam in July after he pulled out of his long-awaited matchup with Australian Nick Kyrgios less than 24 hours before the match.

Nadal, 36, who has won 22 major titles, is a five-time champion of the Montreal ATP 1000 event, which starts on Monday.

“I have been practicing without the serve for a while and started serving four days ago. Everything has gone well, however yesterday, after my normal practice, I felt a slight discomfort in my abdomen and today it was still there,” Nadal said in a statement. .

“After speaking with my doctor we prefer to take things conservatively and give it a few more days before we start racing.”

“I am very sad not to finally travel to Montreal and play a tournament that I have won five times and love to play. I am seriously looking forward to returning to play in front of the amazing crowd there.”

Wimbledon champion Novak Djokovic also withdrew from the event on Thursday as he cannot enter the country without being fully vaccinated against COVID-19, while Britain’s Andy Murray received one of four invitations.

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