Talking on Onda Cero, his coach Carlos Moya provided some additional details on Rafael Nadal's physical condition. Moya said: "The truth is that Rafa hasn't been well at all for some time. On clay the pain is milder and can be managed better, but on concrete the situation has worsened significantly.
The pain was too bad to continue playing. It was a danger that we had considered, we knew that things could have turned out this way. Unfortunately, we will not see Rafa on the pitch again for the rest of this year. After talking to some specialists, they told us it was better to stop, rest your foot and recharge the batteries to get to 2022 in the best possible shape."
Given the number of points he would have had to defend, the Iberian could lose his place in the Top 10 by the end of 2021. We remind you that, in addition to the US Open, two Masters 1000s and the ATP Finals are still missing.
The suspicion that Rafael Nadal would not have played in the US Open has turned into reality. Not only will the Spanish champion miss the New York Grand Slam for the second time in a row (he was also absent in 2020), but he will not return to the court before the start of 2022.
The former world number 1 has never looked in top form this season, not even during his beloved interlude on clay. After being eliminated in the semifinals at the Roland Garros, the Majorcan had decided to take two months off to recover from his foot injury by giving up Wimbledon and the Tokyo Olympics.
The return of the 35-year-old from Manacor took place in Washington, where he succumbed to Lloyd Harris and pain in the third round. There Nadal realized that the foot problem was more serious than expected, so much so that he announced the forfeit in both Toronto and Cincinnati.
Rafa's 2021 therefore goes to the archive with two trophies raised, Barcelona and Rome, having had to save match points along the way in both cases.
RAFAEL NADAL WILL SKIP THE REST OF 2021
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.