Rafael Nadal will return to competitive action next season after ending his 2021 campaign early due to injury. The 20-time…
Rafael Nadal will return to competitive action next season after ending his 2021 campaign early due to injury.
The 20-time Grand Slam winner announced in August that he was to miss the US Open, having recently pulled out of the Cincinnati Masters and Canadian Open.
The 35-year-old sustained a foot injury at the French Open in June – where he failed to defend his title for the first time since 2016 after losing to rival Novak Djokovic in the Semi-Finals.
Nadal posted on Instagram: “Honestly, I have been suffering a lot more than I should with my foot for a year and I need to take some time.”
“Having discussed it with the team and family, this decision has been made and I believe that it is the way forward to try to recover and recover well.
“I am [determined] to do whatever it takes to regain the best possible shape, to continue competing for the things that really motivate me and the things that I have 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. I will work as hard as I can to make it happen.”
The Spaniard missed both Wimbledon and the Olympic Games in order to “recover from a demanding clay court season” and returned at the Citi Open in Washington, exiting in the Third Round to South Africa’s Lloyd Harris.
It is unclear as to exactly when Nadal will play his next match but he is expected to be aiming for a return prior to the Australian Open in February 2022.
The King of Clay remains locked in a three-way with Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic on 20 Grand Slam titles at the top of the all-time list.