The most talented, and famous tennis player Rafael Nadal is going to miss the U.S open 2021 tennis season because of a persisting left foot injury, ruling him out of the U.S Open for the second year in a row.
Nadal, a four-time U.S. Open champion, has withdrawn from the season’s final Grand Slam event, which begins on August 30 in New York. He joins five-time champion Roger Federer and defending champion Dominic Thiem in doing so.
Nadal broke the news on social media early Friday in Spanish and followed up with a lengthy video in English in which he explained his foot injury, and expressed complete confidence in his recovery.
“I am confident I will recover myself 100 percent and I will be able to fight again for the most important things,” Nadal said. Nadal said in a videotaped greeting to supporters that he has been battling an undisclosed foot injury since 2005 but has defied doctors’ predictions that it would end his career early.
“The physicians were pretty unsure about my future career at the time,” Nadal stated. “To be honest, I was able to pursue a career that I had never imagined. I am confident that I will be able to recover. If my foot improves, I’m optimistic that my tennis and mentality will be back on track soon.”
Despite the fact that Nadal has handled the injury effectively enough to win 20 Grand Slam titles between 2005 and 2019, he revealed in an interview before the Citi Open in Washington that it flared up during the previous clay-court season.
Nadal withdrew from Wimbledon and the Tokyo Olympics after losing to Djokovic in a tough quarterfinal at the French Open, only his third loss in 108 matches at Roland Garros.
He didn’t pick up a racket for 20 days, he said ahead of the Citi Open, where he competed for the first time after a two-month layoff due to injury.
Nadal continued to train in a limited manner and flew from Washington to Toronto with the hopes of competing in the Masters 1000 event there. He quickly realized he couldn’t, so he dropped out of that tournament, as well as the one after it in Cincinnati, and returned to Spain for further treatment.
In the video, Nadal says, “I needed to talk with my family, my team, and mainly my doctor to understand what’s going on.” “However, today the foot is not the appropriate way. And I wasn’t able to practice and prepare myself in the way I needed to be competitive at the level I wanted to be during the previous year.
As a result, we had to make that choice.” Nadal, who is already in his 21st year on the pro tour and is rated fourth, with a 24-5 record in seven tournaments in 2021. In 2019, he won his fourth US Open title, however due to the coronavirus pandemic, he decided not to defend his title in 2020.
Nadal seems confident he will recover fast with daily effort, and thanks his fans in advance for all the support and affection.
He is reported to have said: “I promise you what I am going to do is work hard to try to continue enjoying this sport for a while longer. A big hug to all.”