Rafael Nadal will not compete in the US Open after declaring his retirement on Friday due to a left foot issue that has plagued him since his defeat in the semi-finals of the French Open in June.
“Good day, everyone! I wanted to let you know that I will have to end the 2021 season due to scheduling conflicts “On Twitter, the Spaniard expressed his thoughts.
“To be honest, I’ve been suffering a lot more than I should with my foot over the past year, and I need to take some time to fix or at least improve the condition (if I want to play) in the next years.”
After losing at Roland Garros to Novak Djokovic, Nadal missed Wimbledon and the Olympics before returning to the courts in Washington earlier this month.
He defeated Jack Sock but then lost to Lloyd Harris of South Africa in three sets, after which the 35-year-old said that “the foot was better.”
That proved to be premature, as he later pulled out of the Toronto Masters, citing a “difficult scenario,” and is now absent from the current tournament in Cincinnati, which serves as the usual warm-up for the US Open, which begins on August 30.
Nadal stated that he needed to allow his foot time to recover before returning to competition in 2022.
“I will do everything I can to get in the best possible shape and return to competition with the goals that are most important to me,” Nadal stated.