The US Open, the last Grand Slam of the tennis season has received a major blow to tennis fans around the world. Reigning champion Rafael Nadal has pulled out of the US Open because of a nagging wrist injury.
This leaves Wimbledon champion Novak Djokovic and off course Roger Federer as the prime candidates to claim this year’s last Grand Slam tournament. Waiting in the wings are players such as Andy Murray, Milos Raonic, Marin Cilic, and even Grigor Dimitrov who all will fancy their chances when the US Open begins on Monday.
Nadal is 44-8 this season, including capturing his ninth French Open trophy. Since that victory, Nadal has not played since July 1st, where he was knocked out in the fourth round of Wimbledon. Nadal released a statement clearly disappointed saying, “I am very sorry to announce I won’t be able to play at this year’s U.S. Open, a tournament on which I’ve played three consecutive finals in my last participations. I am sure you understand that it is a very tough moment for me since it is a tournament I love… Not much more I can do right now, other than accept the situation and… work hard in order to be able to compete at the highest level once I am back”(ibtimes). For the fierce competitor that Rafael Nadal is, this is a tough injury for him to accept.
Nadal will end this season with 14 career Grand Slams, after winning 1 of the 3 slams he competed in this year. Still three slams away from Federer’s record total of 17. Nadal is very much still in contention for that record, just based on his ridiculous French Open record.
Novak Djokovic this years Wimbledon winner, has had a relatively quiet summer on the hard court in terms of titles. He will be the #1 seed when the US Open begins on Monday. Roger Federer, who won last week’s hard-court event in Cincinnati, looks like he is ready for another magical Grand Slam run.
We will see what happens when the US Open begins from Flushing Meadows, NY, on Monday. It is sure to be intense and exciting despite the Rafael Nadal being injured.