Rafael Nadal withdraws from ATP event in Montreal due to abdominal tear suffered at Wimbledon

Rafael Nadal injured at Wimbledon 2022

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World number three Rafael Nadal, who hasn’t played since suffering a torn abdominal tear at Wimbledon last month, has withdrawn from next week’s ATP event in Montreal, he says Friday on Twitter.
The announcement is a blow to the Spaniard’s hopes of being fully fit for the US Open which kicks off in New York at the end of the month.

“Since my return to training, everything has been going well these weeks. Four days ago I started working on my serve and yesterday after training I had a little discomfort which was still here today,” Nadal tweeted in Spanish.

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“We decided not to travel to Montreal and to continue training without forcing ourselves.

“I have no choice but to be careful at this stage and think about my health.”

The 36-year-old, a five-time Montreal winner, hasn’t played since pulling out of his Wimbledon semi-final with Nick Kyrgios after failing to recover from an abdominal tear he suffered in quarters.

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It was the latest in a long string of injuries for Nadal who, in Novak Djokovic’s absence at Flushing Meadows, will be looking to add to his record 22 Grand Slam titles.

Prior to his latest setback, he had already missed 11 Grand Slam events since his debut in 2003.

He also retired five times in a Slam with injuries.

Nadal won the first two majors of the year, the Australian Open and the French Open, and was about to take on the challenge of being the first man to win the Grand Slam – all four tournaments majors in a year – since Rod Laver in 1969.

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