Rafael Nadal issued a statement today indicating that he will have to withdraw from the upcoming Rogers Cup and the Cincinnati Masters 1000 due to a right wrist injury. He injured the wrist in a training session yesterday and will be out of the two hard-court tournaments which serve as tune ups for the final Grand Slam of the year, the U.S. Open.
“Coming to Toronto is always one of the highlights of my season so I’m very disappointed that I can’t play there this year,” Nadal said in a statement released by Tennis Canada. “I was planning on coming to Toronto and did everything I could to be ready but I still need some more time to recover.”
Nadal is the defending champion at the Rogers Cup but will be unable to repeat his title defense. He also won last year’s U.S. Open, but his withdrawal from the two tournaments puts his status for this year’s slam in doubt.
While left-handed, the number two ranked player in the world uses both hands on his backhand, thus making a right wrist injury tough to play with. Nadal’s manager, Benito Perez-Barbadillo, said that doctors told Nadal he will need to be in a cast for the next two to three weeks but that the plan is for him to play in the U.S. Open.
Nadal hasn’t played in a match since losing to teenager Nick Krygios in the fourth-round at Wimbledon on July 1st.