The Spaniard aggravated the injury during his quarterfinal match against him TaylorFritz at Wimbledon on July 6th. Although Nadal struggled through the pain to a remarkable five-set win over the American, he was later forced to withdraw from their semi-final clash Nick Kyrgios. Nadal needs more time to recover from the problem, leading to his withdrawal from the hard court ATP Masters 1000 event in Canada.
“I’ve been training without serving for a while now and started serving four days ago,” Nadal said in a statement via Tennis Canada. “Everything worked out fine. However, yesterday after my normal workout I felt a slight discomfort in my abdomen and today it was still there.
“Having spoken to my doctor, we prefer to take things conservatively and wait a few more days before we start competing. I would like to thank Eugene, the tournament director, and his entire team for understanding and supporting me and this decision.
“I’m very sad not to finally be able to travel to Montréal. It’s a tournament I’ve won 5 times and I love playing there. I really hope I can go back there to play in front of the amazing crowd up there.”
36-time Masters 1000 champion Nadal is a five-time winner in Canada, three of those titles coming from Montreal and two from Toronto. Despite missing all of April with a broken rib and this recent abdominal issue, the 36-year-old Spaniard has had an excellent 2022 season. Nadal holds a match record of 35-3 and claimed his record-breaking 21st and 22nd Grand Slam titles at the Grand Slam Australian Open and Roland Garros.
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“We’re obviously disappointed that Rafael won’t be with us this year,” said Eugene Lapierre, director of the Montreal tournament. “As a five-time champion of our tournament and the last men’s champion in Montreal in 2019, fans were obviously excited to see him back in action at IGA Stadium.
“On the other hand, if we take a broader perspective, we still have a very strong board with 41 of the top 44 players in the world. With such a strong field of participants, it can be assumed that the IGA Stadium will again offer very exciting tennis!”
World #1 Daniel Medvedev is the defending champion of the Canadian Masters 1000 event, which alternates between the host cities of Montreal and Toronto each year. This year’s edition of the third-oldest event on the ATP Tour takes place from August 7th to 14th.
The draw for the National Bank Open Presented by Rogers will take place today at 4:00 p.m. local time (EDT).