New Delhi. Rafael Nadal has withdrawn from the National Bank Open tennis tournament with a left leg injury, dealing a blow to his US Open preparations. Feliciano Lopez has been included in the draw for this hard court tournament in place of 20-time Grand Slam champion Nadal. Lopetegui was defeated in the qualifiers.
Nadal, a five-time champion at this Canadian tournament, said that the most important thing for me is that I thoroughly enjoy playing tennis. Today I can’t enjoy it with this pain. Star player Nadal played in the hard court tournament in Washington last week.
He defeated Jack Sock in the first match but lost to Lloyd Harris in the second match. Both these matches went to three sets. Nadal was also suffering from foot pain there. It was his first tournament in nearly two months after losing to Novak Djokovic in the French Open semifinals. Nadal could not play in Wimbledon and Tokyo Olympics due to injury.
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First Published: August 12, 2021, 01:00 IST