Rafael Nadal is pulling out of the Banque Nationale Open in Montreal as he continues to struggle with an abdominal injury.
Nadal said in a statement via Tennis Canada (h/t ATP Tour)::
“I have been practicing for a while without serving and I started serving four days ago. Everything is going well. However, yesterday, after my regular practice, I felt a slight discomfort in my stomach and it is still there today.
“After talking with my doctor, we prefer to take things conservatively and give a few more days before we start competing. I want to thank Eugene, the tournament director and all his team for understanding and helping me with this decision.
I was very sad that I didn’t go to Montreal in the end. It’s a tournament I’ve won 5 times and I love playing there. I seriously hope to get back there to play in front of the amazing people there.
Spanish newspaper Brand name (h/t ESPN Simon Cumbers) reported at Wimbledon in July that Nadal had a 7mm tear in one of his abdominal muscles.
The world No. 3 reached the Wimbledon quarterfinals, defeating Taylor Fritz 3-6, 7-5, 3-6, 7-5, 7-6 (10-4). However, due to an abdominal injury, he could not compete in the semi-final match against Australia’s Nick Kyrgios.
Nadal has not competed since his Wimbledon semi-final exit.
The Spaniard has won five titles in Canada. In his legendary career, he won three in Montreal and two in Toronto, with his last win in the country coming at the 2019 Canadian Open.
Despite suffering a complete rib injury in March against compatriot Carlos Alcaraz in Indian Wells in April, Nadal still had an impressive campaign in 2022.
The 36-year-old is 35-3 and has won the most Grand Slam titles in men’s history with 22, including the Australian Open in Melbourne and the French Open at Roland Garros.
In addition to Nadal, Novak Djokovic Also excluded Open from the National Bank. He remains unvaccinated against Covid-19 and is not eligible to enter Canada without being fully vaccinated.
Alcaraz, Kyrgios, Casper Rude, Stefanos Tsitsipas and world No. 1 Daniil Medvedev are the players to watch in Montreal, while Nadal and Djokovic are out.
The next big event on the tennis circuit comes later this month at the US Open. Nadal, who last won in 2019, is unclear about his condition for the tournament.