MONTREAL (AP) — Rafael Nadal announced Friday that he will sit out the hard-court Montreal Masters because of an abdominal strain that forced him to withdraw from Wimbledon before a semifinal matchup.
“Four days ago I also started training the service and yesterday, after training, I had a little discomfort that was still there today,” Nadal tweeted. “We have decided not to travel to Montreal and continue with the training without forcing”.
The Spaniard was 19-0 in Grand Slam matches this year when he decided the injury was too serious at Wimbledon. He conquered the Australian Open and the French Open to increase his total of major titles to 22, a record in the men’s division – one more than Novak Djokovic and two more than Roger Federer.
Nadal has won the title in Montreal five times.
“I hope to play again in Montreal, a tournament that I love and that I have won five times in front of an audience that has always welcomed me with great affection,” added the 36-year-old Spaniard. “I have no choice but to be prudent at this point and think about health.”
American Mackenzie McDonald will take Nadal’s place in the draw.
On Thursday, Djokovic reported that he will not attend the Montreal Masters either because he is not vaccinated against COVID-19 and therefore cannot enter Canada.