World number three Rafael Nadal has urged his fans to be patient as he would not return to the ATP World Tour until his knees are back in the best condition.
The Spaniard said that instead of hurrying up and restarting to play before getting 100 percent fit, he will prefer to take complete rest and come back stronger.
Nadal called a press conference to update media about his condition. The Spaniard said, “I have to listen (to the doctors) and be patient, and I will come back when my knee is well. The best thing I can do now is to stop, get fully well, accept the situation and work hard to come back better.”
The 11-time Grand Slam champion broke the news two days ago that he would not be featuring at this year’s US Open. The Spanish star had previously withdrawn from the London Olympics, Toronto and Cincinnati Masters.
Nadal has not participated in any event since this year’s Wimbledon. His last match was his second round clash against Lukas Rosol at the All England Club, in which he lost in five sets.
The Spanish star had a superb clay court season during which he grabbed four titles including his record breaking seventh French Open title but he faced this severe knee problem after that.
Nadal is not sure whether he would be available for Spain’s Davis Cup tie against USA in the next month. However, he assured that if his knees will allow and his team will want his services, he will surely play.
He stated, “If (my knee) is well in time for the Davis Cup and the captain wants me, I will be happy to be there. It would be exciting for me and a great moment to return. If not, then I will have to wait a little longer.”
Nadal is just 26-year-old but this chronic knee injury has already damaged his career. The Spaniard was also stopped from defending his Wimbledon title in 2009 by the same injury.