Rafael Nadal is still bothered by the abdominal injury that forced him to withdraw from Wimbledon before facing Nick Kyrgios in the semi-finals of the London tournament, prompting the Spaniard to make the decision to withdraw from the Masters 1,000 of Montreal – which he has won five times -, as he explained on social media.
“We decided not to travel to Montreal and continue training without straining. I sincerely thank the tournament director, and his entire team for the understanding and support they have always shown and did today. Since the days off and my subsequent return to training, everything has gone well these weeks. Four days ago I started practicing my serve, after practice I had a little discomfort that is still there today. I hope to play again in Montreal, a tournament I love and have won five times in front of an audience that has always welcomed me with great affection. I have no choice but to be prudent at this point and think about my health,” wrote Rafael Nadal.
The 22-time Grand Slam winner suffered a serious abdominal injury midway through the first set in the Wimbledon quarter-finals against Taylor Fritz in July.
The Cincinnati tournament, two weeks before the US Open, is the one that follows the week after Canada and it is not excluded – as reported by the Spanish newspaper Marca – the reappearance of Nadal, although the Mallorcan tennis player did not initially plan to compete in this tournament. The last time he was in Cincinnati was in 2017.