World No. 3 Rafael Nadal, who has not played since suffering a ruptured abdomen at Wimbledon last month, has withdrawn from next week’s ATP tournament in Montreal, he tweeted Friday.
The announcement was a serious blow to the Spaniard’s hopes that he would be fully prepared for the US Open, which starts in New York at the end of the month.
“Since I returned to training, everything has gone well in these weeks. Four days ago I started working on my service and yesterday, after training, I had a little discomfort that persists today,” Nadal tweeted in Spanish.
“We decided not to go to Montreal and continue training without forcing ourselves.
“I have no choice but to be prudent and think about my health.”
The 36-year-old, who is a five-time Montreal winner, has not played since being knocked out of the Wimbledon semi-finals with Nick Kyrgios after failing to recover from an abdominal tear he sustained in the quarter-finals.
It was the latest in a long line of injuries to Nadal, who, in the absence of Novak Djokovic at Flushing Meadows, would be looking to add 22 Grand Slam titles to his record.
Prior to his latest setback, he had already missed 11 Grand Slams since his debut in 2003.
He was also out of action five times during the Slam due to injury.
Nadal won the first two majors of the year, the Australian Open and the French Open, and was on his way to becoming the first person to win a Grand Slam – all four majors in the same year – since Rod Laver in 1969.