Defending champion Rafael Nadal announced on Monday that he is withdrawing from the U.S. Open. The two-time champion at Flushing Meadows has been sidelined since August 1st with a right wrist injury.
“I am very sorry to announce I won’t be able to play at this year’s US Open—a tournament on which I’ve played three consecutive finals in my last participations,” Nadal said in a statement. “I am sure you understand that it is a very tough moment for me since it is a tournament I love and where I have great memories from fans, the night matches, so many things. Not much more I can do right now, other than accept the situation and, as always in my case, work hard in order to be able to compete at the highest level once I am back.”
The 27-year old has previously missed the tournaments in Toronto and Cincinnati in hopes of resting his wrist in time for the final Grand Slam of the year. While a left-handed player, Nadal uses a two-handed backhand which is affected by his right wrist injury.
He defeated Novak Djokovic in last year’s final as well as in the 2010 final, giving him two titles at Flushing Meadows as a part of his 14 career Grand Slam crowns. He hasn’t played a match since losing in the Wimbledon fourth-round to Australian Nick Kyrgios.