Montreal Masters 1000 Tournament Director Eugene Lepierre has confirmed that Rafael Nadal wants to take part in this year’s edition of the Montreal tournament. Nadal, 36, had a disappointing and unfortunate end to his Wimbledon campaign when he was forced to retire in the semi-final match against Nick Kyrgios due to a stomach injury.
The Montreal Masters takes place from August 7th to 14th and Nadal is hoping to be fit for the Canadian Masters event. According to Lepierre, Nadal is expected to start preparing for the summer tour on Monday on the court. “Nadal is very excited to come to Montreal and his hotel rooms are already booked,” Lapierre revealed, according to the Daily Express.
“They sent him a box of balls to prepare for the tournament. He should start training again on Monday.” Last Thursday Nadal had a day off at Wimbledon but called a press conference. When Nadal called a press conference, everyone knew what was going to happen.
“Unfortunately, as you can imagine, once I’m here I’ll have to retire from the tournament, right?” Nadal said at the press conference he held to announce his withdrawal from the Wimbledon semifinals. “As everyone saw yesterday, I am struggling with the pain in my abdomen.
Although I have tried many times during my career to continue under very difficult circumstances, I think in this case it is obvious that if I continue, the injury will worsen. I can say that now. I am very sad to say that.”
Besides, Nadal said that one of the reasons why he decided to retire was because he didn’t want to risk worsening his injury and then being absent for a long time.
Lopez talks about Nadal
Feliciano Lopez has once again expressed his admiration for compatriot Rafael Nadal after the latter beat Taylor Fritz with a ruptured stomach in the fifth set’s super tie-break before finally losing his half to Nick Kyrgios.
“For a long time we didn’t have the words to describe what Rafa is doing. You have to take advantage of it, because when a 36-year-old player can win two Grand Slams under the circumstances in which he managed to do it, it’s very difficult to explain in words what he’s doing.
The clearest proof of this is that there are very few players who can beat him when he’s healthy. The superiority of Rafa and Djokovic over the other players is very big,” emphasized the 40-year-old Spaniard on the Radio Marca microphone.