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Rafael Nadal withdraws from US Open, ends season due to foot injury

The 20-time Grand Slam tournament champion is taking the rest of the season off to rehab his foot.

Rafael Nadal of Spain celebrates a shot during a match against Lloyd Harris of South Africa on Day 6 during the Citi Open at Rock Creek Tennis Center on August 5, 2021 in Washington, DC. Photo by Mitchell Layton/Getty Images

Grand Slam tennis champion Rafael Nadal has pulled the plug on his 2021 season and will not take part in the US Open in two weeks. The tennis star tweeted out a lengthy statement in which he mentioned foot issues.

“Honestly, I’ve been suffering a lot more than I should with my foot for a year and I need to take some time. After having discussed it with the team and family, this decision has been made and I think it is the way forward to try to recover and recover well.”

Nadal described it as an injury he has dealt with in some form or fashion since 2005. He wants to try some new treatments to see if that will make a difference and extend his career a little longer.

Nadal is coming off a third-round loss at the Citi Open to kick off the fall hard court season. He then withdrew from the Toronto and Cincinnati tournaments before making this formal announcement. He had already missed Wimbledon and the Olympics, citing scheduling issues at the time.