Rafael Nadal Withdraws from US Open
Rafael Nadal withdrew from the U.S. Open Wednesday, dropping out of the last Grand Slam tennis tournament of the year due to injury.
Nadal cited left-knee tendinitis as the reason he’s not playing. The third-ranked Spaniard hasn’t played a match since June 28, when he was upset in the second round of Wimbledon by 100th-ranked Lukas Rosol.
“I am very sad to announce that I am not ready to play the US Open in NY. Thanks to my fans for their support and specially, the new yorkers,” Nadal wrote on his Twitter account.
The 26-year-old Nadal also pulled out of the London Olympics, and was supposed to carry Spain’s flag in the opening ceremonies.
Nadal won the 2010 U.S. Open to complete a career Grand Slam and was the runner-up to Novak Djokovic last year.
Play in the two-week tournament begins at Flushing Meadows on Aug. 27.