Nadal out of Toronto occasion as foot damage lingers

Tennis

TORONTO — Rafael Nadal pulled out of the Nationwide Financial institution Open on Tuesday due to an injured left foot that has troubled him for months, placing his preparation for the US Open on maintain.

The 20-time Grand Slam champion was changed within the draw on the hard-court event in Toronto by Feliciano Lopez, who misplaced in qualifying.

“I would like to return and attempt to discover a approach to be higher once more, no? On the finish of the day, for me, a very powerful factor is [to] get pleasure from taking part in tennis. Right this moment, with this ache, I’m not capable of get pleasure from it,” stated Nadal, a five-time champion in Canada. “And I actually do not imagine that I’ve possibilities to combat for the issues that I actually need to combat for.”

The 35-year-old from Spain performed final week on the hard-court occasion in Washington, successful his first match towards Jack Sock and shedding his second to Lloyd Harris — each in three units. Nadal was bothered by the foot there.

That marked his first competitors in about two months. After shedding to Novak Djokovic within the semifinals of the French Open on June 11, Nadal sat out Wimbledon and the Tokyo Olympics due to the damage and went about three weeks with out practising in any respect.

“I used to be struggling, particularly in that first match,” Nadal stated of taking part in in Washington. “And I used to be struggling on the practices too, however you all the time anticipate an enchancment.”

The US Open begins Aug. 30 in New York. Nadal missed that event final yr however gained it the final time he entered, in 2019.

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