Rafael Nadal called an end to his 2021 season on Friday. Nadal had withdrawn from the Cincinnati hardcourt event earlier this month with a nagging foot issue.
Hola todos: quería comunicaros que desgraciadamente tengo que poner fin a la temporada 2021.
Sinceramente llevo un año sufriendo mucho más de lo que debería con con mi pie y necesito tomarme un tiempo.
— Rafa Nadal (@RafaelNadal) August 20, 2021
“Hello everyone, I wanted to inform you that unfortunately I have to end the 2021 season,” the Spaniard wrote on Twitter. “Honestly, I’ve been suffering a lot more than I should with my foot for a year and I need to take some time.”
“I wanted to inform you that unfortunately I have to end the 2021 season,” Nadal tweeted on Friday.
The recurring issue flared up at the French Open, where he fell to eventual champion Novak Djokovic in the semifinals.
“Honestly, I have been suffering much more than I should with my foot for a year and I need to take some time… to find a solution to this problem or at least improve it in order to continue to have options for the next few years,” Nadal said.
“I’m with the maximum enthusiasm and predisposition to do whatever it takes to recover the best possible shape to keep competing for the things that really motivate me.
“I’m convinced that with the recovery of the foot and obviously a very important daily effort… this can be achieved. I will work as hard as I can to make it happen.”
The Spaniard, 35, missed Wimbledon and the Olympic Games in order to rest after the clay-court season.
The 20-time Grand Slam champion – an all-time record he shares with Roger Federer and Djokovic – would have been competing for a fifth US Open title at the tournament which begins on August 30.