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Rafael Nadal Out Of US Open

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Rafael NadalRafael Nadal has had to pull out of participating in the US Open, becoming just the 4th reigning men’s champion to defend his title in the last 45 years, due to an injury Nadal has suffered to his right wrist.

Both Nadal and the tournament made the announcement at the same time Monday, exactly 1 week before the beginning of the major tournament.

The 28 year old Spaniard was injured while practicing on his home island of Mallorca, Spain, and doctors said he would have to wear a cast and sit out of US Open tune up tournaments in Toronto and Cincinnati. Nadal was originally expected to be able to participate in the tournament, but on Monday he confirmed that he would be unable to do so.

“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 post 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.”

While Nadal primarily uses his left hand to play, he uses both hands in order to backhand the ball, and the injury to his right wrist is preventing him from playing at his full capacity.

This will be the 2nd time Nadal has been able to defend one of his major championships as he had to sit out of Wimbledon in 2009 due to knee tendinitis after winning the tournament in 2008.

Nadal is currently ranked the 2nd best mens player in the world and the fact that he will be unable to defend his US Open title leaves the door more open for other players to overtake him in the world rankings.

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