This week might be one of the saddest weeks in men’s tennis history. After Roger Federer and Dominic Thiem’s unfortunate announcements, fellow Rafael Nadal also posted tragic news that he will end the 2021 season earlier due to a foot injury.
Spaniard has been struggling with a foot injury since the French Open 2021 semifinal. As a result, he did compete at Wimbledon and Tokyo Olympic Games. Most recently, he withdrew from the Canadian Masters.
“Hello everyone, I wanted to inform you that, unfortunately, I have to end the 2021 season. Honestly, I’ve been suffering a lot more than I should with my foot for a year, and I need to take some time,” Rafael Nadal posted on Twitter on Friday. (Quotes Have Been Translated Into English Via Google Translator)
“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.”
“It Is Not A New Injury. It Is An Injury That I Have Had Since 2005”- Rafael Nadal
Spaniard continued, “It’s a year that I’ve missed things that matter a lot to me, like Wimbledon, like the Olympics, how the United States Open is going to be now, like many other events that are also important to me and in view of the fact that during this last year, I have not had the ability to train and prepare and compete in the way that I really like do it.”
“In the end, I come to the conclusion that what I need is time to recover, change a series of things, try to understand what has been the evolution of their feet in recent times. It is not a new injury and It is an injury that I have had since 2005.”
“It has prevented me from developing my sports career during all these years. If it is true that I have been for a while that things are not going as they should, as we would all like, and it is time to make decisions, seek a slightly different type of treatment.”
“I will work as hard as I can to make it happen. Thank you in advance for all the support, understanding and all your expressions of affection that are very important and more in difficult times like these.”
“I promise you, what I am going to do is work hard to try to continue enjoying this sport for a while longer. A big hug to all.”
In 2021, Rafael Nadal won 24 out of 29 matches he played. He lifted titles at the Barcelona Open and Italian Open. Spaniard is ranked No.4 in the world.