MONTREAL. Rafael Nadal withdrew from the upcoming hardcourt tournament in Montreal with a stomach injury that forced him to withdraw from Wimbledon ahead of the semi-final.
The Spaniard was 19-0 in Grand Slam matches this year when he decided the injury was too bad at Wimbledon. He won the Australian Open and the French Open, extending his main total to a men’s record of 22 – one more than Novak Djokovic and two more than Roger Federer.
Nadal is a five-time Montreal champion.
“I have been training without a serve for a while now and started with a serve four days ago. Everything is going well. However, yesterday, after my usual workout, I felt a slight discomfort in my stomach, and today it was still there, ”Nadal said in a statement. “After talking to my doctor, we chose to be conservative and give a few more days before we start competing.”
American Mackenzie McDonald will replace Nadal in the draw.
Djokovic withdrew from the tournament in Montreal on Thursday because he has not been vaccinated against COVID-19 and is therefore banned from entering Canada.