Rafa Nadal confirms he will play in Cincinnati Open after withdrawing from Canadian Open


Rafa Nadal confirms he will play in Cincinnati Open next week only six days after withdrawing from Canadian Open with abdominal injury to the one that made him withdraw from Wimbledon last month

  • Rafa Nadal withdrew from the Canadian Open recently due to abdominal injury
  • Nadal previously withdrew from Wimbledon after an abdominal tear
  • Nadal is currently ranked top five in the world and has won 22-time Grand Slams

Rafa Nadal confirmed on Wednesday that he will compete at next week’s Cincinnati Open after being forced to withdraw from the ongoing Canadian Open due to an abdominal injury.

The world number three opted out of the U.S. Open tune-up event in Montreal with the same strain that has limited his service motion and forced him to forfeit his Wimbledon semi-final last month.

‘(Flying) tomorrow to Cincinnati,’ the Spaniard posted alongside a photo of himself shirtless and smiling.

Rafael Nadal celebrates winning his quarter final match Wimbledon earlier this year

‘Very happy to play again in Cincy.’

Nadal, who has won a men’s record 22 major titles, will be the only one of tennis’ Big Three in the draw of the hardcourt tournament as rivals Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic will both be absent.

Federer is still undergoing rehab after undergoing knee surgery while Wimbledon champion Djokovic is unable to compete in the North American tournaments due to his refusal to get vaccinated against COVID-19, which prevents him from entering the two countries.

Nadal talks with Lorenzo Sonego at the net after winning his 3rd round match at Wimbledon

Nadal talks with Lorenzo Sonego at the net after winning his 3rd round match at Wimbledon

Nadal talks to doctor on sidelines during Wimbledon before eventually withdrawing with an abdominal tear

Nadal talks to doctor on sidelines during Wimbledon before eventually withdrawing with an abdominal tear

The 36-year old Nadal has not played in Cincinnati in five, after opting to play only in Canada in 2018 and 2019. He also did not compete during the height of the pandemic. 

It remains to be seen if the issue will hinder Nadal’s performance in Cincinnati, but the weakened top of the field may still assist him.

One can only think the quick turn around in his decision to play after withdrawing from competition only six days ago can be taken as signs of improvement in Nadal’s condition.

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