Rafael Nadal announced that he will not play again this year

Spanish tennis player Rafael Nadal announced that he will not play the rest of the season and will only return in 2022, due to the injury to his left foot.

“Hello everyone, I wanted to inform you that unfortunately I have to end the 2021 season. Honestly I’ve been suffering a lot more than I should with my foot for a year and I need to take some time “, published “Rafa” in his official account of the social network Twitter.

The tennis player born in Mallorca 35 years ago and owner of the record for Grand Slam tournaments won together with the Swiss Roger Federer and the Serbian Novak Djokovic, all three with 20 grand, he last played earlier this month at Washington’s ATP 500, where he lost in 16th. final with the South African Lloyd Harris.

“I decided to stop to find a solution to this problem or at least improve it in order to continue having options for the next few years. I am with the maximum enthusiasm and predisposition to do whatever it takes to recover the best possible form, “added” Rafa. “

“I want to continue competing for the things that really motivate me and the things that he has done during all these years. I am convinced that with the recovery of the foot and obviously a very important daily effort, this can be achieved,” explained Nadal, who suffers from a stress fracture in the scaphoid of the left foot.

“I promise you that what I will do is work hard to try to continue enjoying this sport for a while longer.. A big hug to all of you and I thank you in advance for all the support, understanding and your displays of affection that are very important in difficult times like these, “concluded Nadal.

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Path paved for Novak Djokovic

The loss of Nadal adds to those announced during the last days of the Swiss Federer and the Austrian Dominic Thiem, who will not play again for the remainder of the year due to knee and right wrist injuries, respectively.

With his loss, added to the aforementioned Federer, the Serbian Djokovic remains as the only member of the so-called “Big Three” in competition and with the clear path to conquer the US Open and surpass them in the mark of 20 Grand Slams that they share.

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