2013 champ Nadal out of US Open with wrist injury

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Rafael Nadal of Spain loses a point to Nick Kyrgios of Australia during their men's singles match at the All England Lawn Tennis Championships in Wimbledon, London, Tuesday, July 1, 2014. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)
Rafael Nadal of Spain plays a return to Nick Kyrgios of Australia during their men's singles match at the All England Lawn Tennis Championships in Wimbledon, London, Tuesday, July 1, 2014. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)
Rafael Nadal of Spain plus a return to Nick Kyrgios of Australia during their men's singles match at the All England Lawn Tennis Championships in Wimbledon, London, Tuesday, July 1, 2014. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)
Rafael Nadal of Spain serves to Nick Kyrgios of Australia during their men's singles match at the All England Lawn Tennis Championships in Wimbledon, London, Tuesday, July 1, 2014. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)
Rafael Nadal of Spain celebrates after winning a point against Nick Kyrgios of Australia during their men's singles match at the All England Lawn Tennis Championships in Wimbledon, London, Tuesday, July 1, 2014. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)
Rafael Nadal of Spain plays a return to Mikhail Kukushkin of Kazakhstan during their men's singles match at the All England Lawn Tennis Championships in Wimbledon, London, Saturday, June 28, 2014. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)
Rafael Nadal of Spain plays a return to Mikhail Kukushkin of Kazakhstan during their men's singles match at the All England Lawn Tennis Championships in Wimbledon, London, Saturday, June 28, 2014. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)
Rafael Nadal of Spain celebrates a point during the men's singles match against Lukas Rosol of the Czech Republic at the All England Lawn Tennis Championships in Wimbledon, London, Thursday, June 26, 2014. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)
Rafael Nadal of Spain celebrates after he defeated Lukas Rosol of the Czech Republic in their mens singles match on Centre Court at the All England Lawn Tennis Championships in Wimbledon, London, Thursday, June 26, 2014. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)
Spain's Rafael Nadal bites the trophy after winning the final of the French Open tennis tournament against Serbia's Novak Djokovic at the Roland Garros stadium, in Paris, France, Sunday, June 8, 2014. Nadal won in four sets 3-6, 7-5, 6-2, 6-4. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)
Spain's Rafael Nadal reacts on the podium after defeating Serbia's Novak Djokovic in their final match of the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium, in Paris, France, Sunday, June 8, 2014. Nadal won 3-6, 7-5, 6-2, 6-4. (AP Photo/Michel Euler)
Spain's Rafael Nadal lifts up his cup after defeating Serbia's Novak Djokovic in their final match of the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium, in Paris, France, Sunday, June 8, 2014. Nadal won 3-6, 7-5, 6-2, 6-4. (AP Photo/Michel Euler)
Spain's Rafael Nadal bites the trophy after winning the final of the French Open tennis tournament against Serbia's Novak Djokovic at the Roland Garros stadium, in Paris, France, Sunday, June 8, 2014. Nadal won in four sets 3-6, 7-5, 6-2, 6-4. (AP Photo/Michel Euler)
MANACOR, SPAIN - AUGUST 11: Rafa Nadal attends the opening of 'Centre Tenis & Padel' in his home town on August 11, 2014 in Manacor, Spain. This facilities are the first of the future Rafael Nadal Tennis International Centre. (Photo by Europa Press/Europa Press via Getty Images)
MANACOR, SPAIN - AUGUST 11: Rafa Nadal attends the opening of 'Centre Tenis & Padel' in his home town on August 11, 2014 in Manacor, Spain. This facilities are the first of the future Rafael Nadal Tennis International Centre. (Photo by Europa Press/Europa Press via Getty Images)
MANACOR, SPAIN - AUGUST 11: Rafa Nadal attends the opening of 'Centre Tenis & Padel' in his home town on August 11, 2014 in Manacor, Spain. This facilities are the first of the future Rafael Nadal Tennis International Centre. (Photo by Europa Press/Europa Press via Getty Images)
MANACOR, SPAIN - AUGUST 11: Rafa Nadal (C) attends the opening of 'Centre Tenis & Padel' in his home town on August 11, 2014 in Manacor, Spain. This facilities are the first of the future Rafael Nadal Tennis International Centre. (Photo by Europa Press/Europa Press via Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 01: Rafael Nadal of Spain speaks during a press conference after losing his Gentlemen's Singles fourth round match against Nick Kyrgios of Australia on day eight of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 1, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Scott Heavey/AELTC - Pool/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 01: Rafael Nadal of Spain hits a return to Nick Kyrgios of Australia during their Gentlemen's Singles fourth round match on day eight of the 2014 Wimbledon Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis Club in Wimbledon, London, England on July 01, 2014. (Photo by Yunus Kaymaz/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 01: Rafael Nadal of Spain serves to Nick Kyrgios of Australia during their Gentlemen's Singles fourth round match on day eight of the 2014 Wimbledon Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis Club in Wimbledon, London, England on July 01, 2014. (Photo by Yunus Kaymaz/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
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By HOWARD FENDRICH
AP Tennis Writer

Rafael Nadal pulled out of the U.S. Open on Monday because of an injured right wrist, making him the fourth reigning men's champion in the last 45 years to sit out the tournament.

Nadal and the tournament announced his decision simultaneously, exactly one week before the year's last Grand Slam tournament begins.

The 28-year-old Spaniard was hurt July 29 while practicing on his home island of Mallorca ahead of the North American hard-court circuit. The next day, Nadal said he had been told by doctors to wear a cast on his wrist for two to three weeks, and would have to sit out U.S. Open tuneup tournaments in Toronto and Cincinnati.

Nadal Out Of US Open

Nadal also said at that time he expected to be able to return for the U.S. Open itself. But on Monday, he issued a statement on his Facebook page, saying he is "very sorry to announce" he would not play in New York.

"I am sure you understand that it is a very tough moment for me since it is a tournament I love and where I have great memories from fans, the night matches, so many things," Nadal's posting read. "Not much more I can do right now, other than accept the situation and, as always in my case, work hard in order to be able to compete at the highest level once I am back."

The second-ranked Nadal plays left-handed, but he uses a two-handed backhand.

The other U.S. Open men's singles champions who did not return to the field the following year were Ken Rosewall in 1971, Pete Sampras in 2003, and Juan Martin del Potro in 2010.

Nadal won his second championship at Flushing Meadows in 2013, part of a run of reaching the final in each of his last three appearances in the U.S. Open. He beat Novak Djokovic to win the titles in 2010 and last year, and lost to Djokovic in 2011.

But now Nadal will be skipping the tournament for the second time in three years. He did not enter the U.S. Open in 2012, part of an extended absence because of a problem with his left knee.

This will be the second time Nadal failed to try to defend a Grand Slam title: A year after winning Wimbledon in 2008, he chose to not enter that tournament, citing knee tendinitis.

Nadal is 44-8 with four titles in 2014, including his record ninth French Open trophy.

He hasn't competed since losing in the fourth round of Wimbledon to 19-year-old Nick Kyrgios in four sets on July 1.

Nadal's 14 major titles are tied with Sampras for the second most in the history of men's tennis, trailing only Roger Federer's record of 17.

With Nadal out, five-time U.S. Open champion Federer - now 33, but coming off a runner-up finish at Wimbledon last month and a hard-court title in Cincinnati on Sunday - will join the No. 1-ranked Djokovic as a favorite in Flushing Meadows.

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