Defending US Open champion Rafael Nadal will have to miss the opportunity to defend his title at Flushing Meadow this year due to a wrist injury. The 28-year-old Spaniard announced his decision not to compete on his official Facebook page this afternoon.
The world ranked number two has not played competitively since his shock defeat at Wimbledon to 19-year-old Australian player Nick Kyrgios in July. Nadal, who has been plagued with knee injuries throughout his career will be unable to defend the title he won against Novak Djokovic last year.
“I am very sorry to announce I won’t be able to play at this year’s US Open a tournament on which I’ve played three consecutive finals in my last participations,” Nadal wrote. “I am sure you understand that it is a very tough moment for me since it is a tournament I love and where I have great memories from fans, the night matches, so many things.
“Not much more I can do right now, other than accept the situation and, as always in my case, work hard in order to be able to compete at the highest level once I am back.”