Nadal withdraws from the US Open
The sad news that we didn´t want to hear just came a few moments ago... Rafael Nadal withdrew from the US Open due to knee tendinitis.
"Rafa has informed us that he will not be ready to compete at the US Open this year and has withdrawn from the tournament," tournament director David Brewer said.
"We hope to see him back on the court soon and look forward to his return to New York next year."
Nadal has not played since losing in the Wimbledon second round.
"I am very sad to announce that I am still not ready to play and have to withdraw from this year's US Open in NYC," said Nadal on Facebook.
"I'm sorry since I always found great crowds and great support, but I have to continue with my recoup and preparation to be ready to play in the right conditions. I want to say hi and thanks to all the fans, in particular to the New Yorkers. I'll miss you all this year at the Open!"
Roger Federer, who is playing in Cincinnati this week, commented before hearing this news: "I was going to write him and check on him because I can't believe he's been out that long. I thought the Olympics, okay, that's fine. That's a personal choice."
"I thought for sure we would see him in Toronto, but now he missed Toronto and Cincinnati. It's very surprising, because it was nothing that we heard of prior to the injury. So I'm sad for him," added Federer.