Rafael Nadal has been outstanding with his performance since the start of the year as he became the singles champion at 2022 Australian Open and 2022 French Open consecutively. He has won 22 Grand Slam titles in his career and became the record holder for winning the most singles Grand Slam titles in the Open era. But he hit a major roadblock at the 2022 Wimbledon Championship when he had to withdraw himself from the tournament due to an abdominal injury he incurred in the quarter-finals against Taylor Fritz.
Nadal was in contention to achieve a calendar Grand Slam but it got shattered after he decided to quit the tournament after his injury. His withdrawal just before the semi-finals match handed Nick Krygios his maiden singles Grand Slam final. After his exit at Wimbledon, the 23-time singles Grand Slam champion was supposed to make his return to the court with his participation at the ATP1000 Masters event in Montreal ahead of the US Open which starts on 29 August.
“I hope to come back next year to play in front of an amazing crowd” : Rafael Nadal expresses his desire to come back next year to Montreal
Nadal, on his social media account on Twitter, made the announcement about his withdrawal from the ATP event in Montreal. He revealed that he had to make this decision after his doctors advised him to do so keeping in mind about US Open. He said “I have been practicing for a while now without serving and started with serves four days ago. Everything has been going well. However, yesterday, after my normal practice, I felt a slight bother on my abdominal and today it was still there. After speaking with my doctor, we prefer to take things in a conservative way and give a few more days before starting to compete.“
He further added “We have decided not to travel to Montreal and continue with the training sessions without forcing ourselves. I sincerely thank the tournament director, Eugene and his entire team for the understanding and support they have always shown me and today was no exception.“
The five-time champion desired to come back stronger next year at Montreal as the crowd has always been very supportive of him. He spoke “I am very sad not to finally travel to Montreal. It’s a tournament that I have won 5 times and I love to play there. I seriously hope that I can come back there to play in front of the amazing crowds up there.“