The 20-time Major champion Rafael Nadal will not compete in the rest of the season due to an ongoing foot injury experienced at Roland Garros. Back in June in Paris, Rafa lost that epic semi-final to Novak Djokovic in over four hours, injuring his foot and staying away from the court for three weeks.
The Spaniard skipped Wimbledon and the Olympic Games, still feeling the pain and having no time to prepare for those important events. Starting practicing again in July, Rafa opted to take the Citi Open wild card and make a Washington debut to test his physical shape.
Nadal beat Jack Sock in over three hours in the second round before falling to Lloyd Harris in three sets a day later. Despite traveling and training in Toronto, Rafa withdrew from the Canada Open, realizing that he can not bring his A-game and staying away from Cincinnati to go back home and see the doctors.
Rafael Nadal decided to skip the rest of the season due to a foot injury.
On Friday, Nadal announced that he would skip the US Open and the rest of the season, eager to heal his foot and return stronger in 2022. Thus, Rafa has failed to win a Major title for the first time since 2016, and his top-10 position is also at risk.
Nadal's compatriot Alex Corretja is worried a bit about the most outstanding Spanish player of all time, saying he expected the US Open withdrawal but not the entire season, which means the injury is very serious. Over the past 16 years, Rafa has achieved almost everything in our sport, and he is still eager to make improvements and stay competitive for a few more years.
"We kind of expected something like that since Rafa pulled out of Toronto and Cincinnati. We wondered if he would be OK for the US Open, and unfortunately, he is not. It's shocking news because we wanted Rafa to play in New York, but he is not 100% ready to compete, as it takes a while to recover.
What worries me a bit is that he pulled out of Wimbledon, the Olympics and now the US Open. That means the injury is more serious than we expected, and I'm a bit concerned about his future as well," Alex Corrtetja said.