As the 2021 US Open approaches, professional tennis has been affected by the retirement of a series of well-known players and some of the sport’s biggest stars. This unfortunate trend continued on Friday, as Rafael Nadal will not appear in the U.S. Open and all remaining matches of 2021.
On Friday, Nadal announced that he would not participate in the US Open and missed the remainder of the 2021 season due to a chronic foot injury. Nadal has dealt with foot injuries since 2005 and has achieved great success, but the injuries have severely hindered the 35-year-old from Spain.
“Injuries are nothing new. These are my injuries since 2005,” Nadal said In a report by the Associated Press“At that moment, the doctor was very negative about my future career. But, honestly, I was able to have a career that I couldn’t dream of, so I was confident that I would recover again.”
Nadal is just an outstanding player who recently withdrew from the U.S. Open, and he is also the second of the three players who currently holds a Grand Slam singles record. Roger Federer withdrew from the U.S. Open with a knee injury last week, while defending champion Dominic Tim withdrew from a wrist injury earlier this year.
The misfortunes of Nadal and Federer are good news for Novak Djokovic, as he is now alone trying to win the Grand Slam record. Entering the last Grand Slam tournament of the year, Nadal, Federer and Djokovic all tied for the record of 20 Grand Slam titles. If Djokovic wins in New York, he will have the only record he has after winning the Australian Open, French Open and Wimbledon earlier this year, and become the first to win a calendar year Grand Slam in the Open era. Men’s player.
Nadal’s 2021 season is over, he won two games, respectively in Barcelona and Rome.