After several rumours, the official news came. Rafael Nadal will not play the Rolex Shanghai Masters that starts on Sunday. The Spaniard is not at his best yet after the very short he had following his US Open title win. Nadal is set to be back to compete in Paris later this month ahead of the ATP Finals in London.
If he will be healthy, the 19-time Grand Slam winner will show up at the Davis Cup Finals in Madrid too. The Mallorcan, through a statement, said: “Hi all, I am very sad to announce that I won’t be able to play in Shanghai this year.
It is the second year in a row and in China I have great fans. The tournament is amazing and the city one of the most special places around the world. But, as you all probably know, I had an inflammation on my left wrist during the Laver Cup and I haven’t had the time to recover and practice to be ready for this amazing event.
I hope to be back in Shanghai for the 2020 tournament”. Tournament Director Michael Luevano added: “We will obviously miss not having Rafa here at the Rolex Shanghai Masters. He has been an incredible supporter of the tournament and of tennis in China.
He gives so much when he is on the court and his toughness knows no bounds like in 2014 when he played the tournament while suffering appendicitis. It should go without saying that on behalf of everyone at the Rolex Shanghai Masters we hope the left wrist mends fully and he is back on tour very soon, continuing to enthral fans with his tennis.
Also, on a personal note, as well as speaking for the entire family at the Rolex Shanghai Masters, we wish Rafa and his fiancé Maria Francisca all the very best for their up-coming wedding. Rafa’s legions of fans in Shanghai and China look forward to welcoming him back in 2020."
Nadal can still end the year as a world No. 1 by going far in the indoor hard-court events although Novak Djokovic is already back to the competition playing in both Tokyo and Shanghai.