By Chris Oddo | Monday, August 18, 2014
2013 and two-time US Open champion Rafael Nadal made his withdrawal from this year's event official on Monday.
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After weeks of deliberation due to an injury to his right wrist, 2013 and two-time US Open champion Rafael Nadal announced his official withdrawal from the 2014 US Open on Monday.
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"I am very sorry to announce I won’t be able to play at this year’s US Open,” he said in a statement. “[It is] a tournament on which I’ve played 3 consecutive finals in my last participations. 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… 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."
Nadal, who picked up the injury while training after Wimbledon, saw doctors last week and postponed his decision last Friday.
He had been training in Mallorca in the hopes of making a quick recovery.
According to USopen.org, Nadal is the fourth male in the Open Era that has not returned to defend his title in New York, along with Ken Rosewall (1971), Pete Sampras (2003) and Juan Martin del Potro (2010).