Bad news for all tennis fans and especially for Rafael Nadal fans. After Roger Federer, the Spanish champion has also announced that he will remain out for the whole of 2021 and he will coem back directly to the court next year.
The Spanish player had returned to the field after a two-month absence from the ATP 500 tournament in Washington but still had several foot problems that helped his second-round defeat to Lloyd Harris. Now through his social channels Rafael Nadal has clarified and announced a news that had been in the air for a few days and which is now official.
The Spanish tennis player now risks losing several positions in the standings but he needs to recover and work for next year where he will try again to conquer the coveted twenty-first Grand Slam. The twenty-time Grand Slam tournament champion and king of clay announced on social media and made the following statements: "Hello everyone, I have to tell you that unfortunately I have to end my season early.
I have just returned from a year in which my foot problems have given me numerous problems and I need to take some time to recover." Lots of tweets and a video where Rafa explains that this year he was not able to compete as he wanted and that now he will work hard to get back to his best next season.
In this 2021 Rafael Nadal did not win any Grand Slam tournament and suffered a scorching defeat at Roland Garros, beaten in four sets and after a great battle by world number one Novak Djokovic, later also winner of the tournament.
Currently Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic together hold the record for Grand Slam titles and each of them has been working for some time to try to break the other and become the first player in history to reach 21 Slam.
A season that started badly and ended in the worst possible way for Rafa who will now work hard to recover as soon as possible and finally return to the court. Here is the tweet of the Iberian champion:
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
Cincinnati 2021: wins for Barty and Medvedev, out Osaka
In the women's singles of the Western & Southern Open 2021, on the Cincinnati hard-courts, Naomi Osaka was sensationally eliminated in the third round by Jil Teichmann, with the final score of 6-3 3-6 3-6, confirming the negative moment that the young Japanese star is living on the tennis court.
What happened from the eve of the Roland Garros 2021 onwards seems to have influenced her performances: the opportunity to redeem these results will now be at the US Open. In the other matches, defending champion Victoria Azarenka was defeated in the third round by world number 1 and Wimbledon champion Ashleigh Barty.
Barbora Krejcikova instead beat Garbine Muguruza. Excellent victory also for Angelique Kerber against Jelena Ostapenko, while Petra Kvitova and Karolina Pliskova respectively eliminated Ons Jabeur and Jessica Pegula. Today will start the querterfinals of the men's and the women's singles.
In the men's singles, Daniil Medvedev beat a very good Grigor Dimitrov in straight sets for 6-3 6-3. In the quarterfinals he will challenge the player who beat him at the Tokyo Olympics: Pablo Carreno Busta. Alexander Zverev eliminated Guido Pella, Casper Ruud defeated Diego Schwartzman.
Victory for Andrey Rublev, who will now challenge Benoit Paire. Stefanos Tsitsipas needed three sets to beat Lorenzo Sonego. Sensational elimination for Matteo Berrettini against Felix Auger-Aliassime.