Rafael Nadal has withdrawn from next week’s National Bank Open hosted by Rogers in Montreal due to an ongoing stomach problem.
The Spaniard aggravated the injury during his quarter-final game against Taylor Fritz at Wimbledon on July 6. Despite battling through the pain to a remarkable five-set win against the American, Nadal was later forced to withdraw from his semifinal against Nick. Kyrgyz. Nadal will need more time to recover from the problem, leading him to withdraw from the hard court ATP Masters 1000 event in Canada.
“I’ve been practicing without serving for a while and started serving four days ago,” Nadal said in a statement via Tennis Canada. “Everything went well. But yesterday, after my normal exercise, I felt a slight burden on my stomach and today it was still there.
“After talking to my doctor, we prefer to do it conservatively and give it a few more days before we start competing. I want to thank Eugene, the tournament director, and his entire team for understanding and supporting me and this decision.
“I am very sad to finally not travel to Montreal. It’s a tournament that I’ve won 5 times and I love playing there. I really hope I can get back there and play in front of the great crowd there.”
The 36-time Masters 1000 champion Nadal is a five-time winner in Canada, with three of those titles in Montreal and two in Toronto. Despite missing all of April with a broken rib and this current abdominal problem, the 36-year-old Spaniard has enjoyed a fantastic 2022 season. Nadal has a match record of 35-3 and improved his record-extending 21st and 22nd Grand Slam titles at the Australian Open and Roland Garros.
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“We are of course disappointed that Rafael will not be there this year,” said Eugene Lapierre, director of the Montreal Tournament. “As a five-time champion of our tournament and the last men’s champion in Montreal in 2019, fans were clearly excited to see him back in action at the IGA Stadium.
“On the other hand, if we look more broadly, we still have a very strong board with the presence of 41 of the 44 best players in the world. With such a strong field, it’s a safe bet that the IGA Stadium will once again show some very exciting tennis!”
World No. 1 Daniil Medvedev is the defending champion at the Canadian Masters 1000 event, which alternates each year between the host cities of Montreal and Toronto. This year’s edition of the third oldest event on the TBEN will take place from August 7-14.
The draw for the National Bank Open Presented by Rogers will take place today at 4 p.m. local time (EDT).