Five-time Canada Masters winner Rafael Nadal will not participate in the upcoming Masters 1000 event. The two-time defending champion returned to the practice court after an injury at Wimbledon. Still, he felt a slight discomfort again and decided to skip Montreal and not risk anything.
Nadal has been the player to beat this year, winning 35 of 38 matches and leading the ATP Race ahead of Carlos Alcaraz. Rafa won the first two Major titles of the season for the first time in his career, leaving behind Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic.
Nadal celebrated his 22nd Major title at Roland Garros, beating Novak Djokovic in the quarterfinals and defeating Casper Ruud in the title fight. After a well-deserved rest, the Spaniard headed to Wimbledon and reached his third All England Club semi-final in a row.
It came after an epic win over Taylor Fritz in the quarter-finals and Nadal having to withdraw with an abdominal injury ahead of his semi-final clash with Nick Kyrgios. After a few days off, Rafa returned to the practice court at home in Mallorca and worked on his basic game.
He looked good on the training ground, but the main problem was his delivery after injury. Nadal started practicing it a few days ago and his body didn’t react well.
Rafael Nadal withdrew from Montreal.
He will take more time off the court to work on his game before Cincinnati and the US Open.
Nadal is a five-time Canada Open champion, leading the rankings since 1990 and winning back-to-back titles in 2018 and 2019. Rafa played eight tournaments in 2022, injured his ribs in Indian Wells and stayed off the court until Smět.
After not playing at his best in Madrid and Rome, Rafa raised his level and won his 14th Roland Garros. Nadal had to leave Wimbledon without giving Nick Kyrgios a real fight. He will make sure he is 100% recovered before competing again.
“Everything has been going well since the holidays and then going back to training. I started training the service four days ago and yesterday after training I had some discomfort that has been there until today.”
We decided not to travel to Montreal and continue training without forcing anything. I sincerely thank the tournament director Eugene and his entire team for the understanding and support they have always shown me. Today was no exception,” said Rafael Nadal.