World No. 4 Rafael Nadal has withdrawn from next week's Cincinnati Masters. Nadal, a former world No. 1, pulled out of the Toronto Masters on Tueaday due to a foot injury. Nadal returned to action last week at the Citi Open in Washington, where he made the round-of-16 before suffering a shock loss to Lloyd Harris.
"I have had this issue for a couple of months, as people know," said Nadal after withdrawing from Toronto. "Of course, it is not a happy situation after all the success that I had here in Canada, not being able to play this year after missing a year.
"Today, with this pain, I am not able to enjoy it, and I really don't believe that I have the chance to fight for the things that I really need to fight for."
Nadal wanted to play Toronto
Despite not feeling good with his foot, Nadal initially wanted to play Toronto.
"I really wanted to play here a lot, but now is the moment to make a decision, and this is unfortunately the decision that I have taken, and probably in the next couple of days we are going to know more," Nadal said.
During his pre-tournament interview in Toronto, Nadal hoped his foot pain would ease so he could regain confidence in his movement . “I need to have a couple of weeks with less pain to have the confidence again with my movement.
I am coming here to try and win, but also to keep feeling positive with my foot. I am not at my peak yet, but I have been practising better than I played in Washington, so I am excited to play here. Hopefully, I will be able to compete well”.
After losing in the French Open semifinal, Nadal went 20 days without touching a racket. “I couldn’t practise for a couple of weeks [after Roland Garros],” Nadal said. “It was around 20 days without a racquet trying to recover.
Also, [it was difficult] mentally as well. I didn’t play well enough [at Roland Garros]. “Last week in Washington, the first round was tough with my foot, but in the second round, I felt a little bit better. Even if I lost, that is a positive thing for me.
It is about trying to find the routine again on court. Trying to be competitive again. I need to have the feeling of playing a few days in a row without any problems”.