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2013 champ Nadal out of US Open with wrist injury


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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hduque8843 August 18 2014 at 10:54 AM

That's to bad, without Rafa, the US Open is not as exiting; hope he recovers,bit it looks like Rafa is on his way to an early retirement. The way he plays is very hard on his arm and legs. Truly one of the top top players in the world. Good luck Rafa and speedy recovery.

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davedoe12 hduque8843 August 18 2014 at 11:09 AM

I think it is time for Rafa to retire. Way too many injuries.

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stock market August 18 2014 at 11:40 AM

Great player, but just can't stand watching him play. His severe OCD turns me away from watching his match. My thought his wrist injury is from pulling at himself all the time.

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LambeauTundra August 18 2014 at 12:38 PM

At least we won't have to watch him pull his thong from between his "cheeks" and then adjust his "front." You'd think he'd get undies that fit.

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toddisit August 18 2014 at 6:10 PM

His game is so much about spin, not saying he isn't talented, although if he played with less spin, he wouldn't get injured and have better chances to win other tourneys besides the French.

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bwaymike August 18 2014 at 4:58 PM

Nole! Nole, NOLE!!!!!!!

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mellisonpromo August 18 2014 at 3:10 PM

A warrior... who puts so much stress on his body...
Rest...heal...and come back with a vengance...

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Jan August 18 2014 at 2:26 PM

Soooo good looking!
Sorry.....he's the best!

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oujoou August 18 2014 at 2:02 PM

He is the hardest worker out there. That style of play is really hard on the body . . . obviously. Whenever I hear he has a minor injury . . . I'm happy he gets to rest. He's going for 10 in Paris next year. Must be more pressure than anything . . possible 6 in a row. These top tennis players are far out there. :)

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asirijoy August 18 2014 at 1:42 PM

WE WILL MISS Nadal AT THE US OPEN. WE WISH HIM SPEEDY RECOVERY.

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hd1995 August 18 2014 at 1:36 PM

boo hoo hoo another crybaby athelete bows out, oh my wrist is sore, what a fucn ***** this idiot is, worse than a baseball pitcher

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