2013 champ Nadal out of US Open with wrist injury
By HOWARD FENDRICH
AP Tennis Writer
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 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.
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.
Nadal is 44-8 with four titles in 2014, including his record ninth French Open trophy.
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.
US Open 2014 Favorites
US Open Tickets
More in the news:
Larry Bird Retires from the NBA on This Day in History, August 18, 1992
2014 college football power rankings by AP
Captain of the corn maze: Farm honors Derek Jeter
Mo'ne Davis has star power on and off the field