Rafael Nadal pulls out of US Open due to left foot injury

Rafael Nadal, the 2015 US Open champ and 18-time Grand Slam winner, has pulled out of the tournament this year, effectively ending his 2018 season because of a left foot injury. Nadal has dealt…

Rafael Nadal pulls out of US Open due to left foot injury

Rafael Nadal, the 2015 US Open champ and 18-time Grand Slam winner, has pulled out of the tournament this year, effectively ending his 2018 season because of a left foot injury. Nadal has dealt with tendonitis in his left foot since mid-October, and he revealed Thursday he will not be able to play the remainder of the year.

Nadal said he will also withdraw from the next two clay-court events in Madrid and Rome before being able to play any tuneup tournaments leading up to the French Open in May.

“I am a little bit sad that this season is going to be ending in disappointment, not with victories,” Nadal said in a statement to Spanish website SporTV. “I would have loved to try and have this moment in the US Open but unfortunately my foot is not ready yet.”

In January, Nadal withdrew from the Brisbane International due to a lower back injury. The 31-year-old, who finished runner-up to Roger Federer in Australia this year, hopes to return to tennis later this year.

“I am grateful to have been able to compete in major events like the Australian Open, Indian Wells and Miami this year despite this injury,” Nadal said. “Hopefully I will be able to return to play during the season, with a mind to regain my best level and try to get back into the Grand Slam tournaments to win them again.”

Nadal won five tournaments in a row (Indian Wells, Miami, Mexico, Rome and Barcelona) before he was eliminated in the second round at the Australian Open in January. He has since lost two matches at the clay-court tournaments in Monte Carlo and Barcelona. Nadal is 30-12 on clay this season, but his career numbers on the surface are just 2-10.

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