Rafael Nadal withdraws from Laver Cup due to ‘personal reasons’
Rafa Nadal will not play for Portugal in the upcoming he Laver Cup due to ‘personal reasons’ according to the team’s head coach Carlos Moya.
The world No. 1 has not played since last spring’s French Open. The 30-year-old Spaniard had to pull out of the last two tournaments, Wimbledon and the US Open as a result of a knee injury.
Nadal had already been ruled out of the French Open, Wimbledon and US Open, but would return to compete at the tournament held in Lisbon on August 24-25.
That’s the date the Portuguese squad was founded, and the team has been working tirelessly to win the cup.
“After a very good week of training and recovery, I am satisfied with my condition but in general, I wish to express my disappointment in not being able to compete against my best.
“I have a lot to give and would like to express my happiness to be here. In my opinion, the competition, my teammates, are doing a great job to make me feel at 100 per cent. I would like to congratulate them on this event, which always generates great interest,” Nadal said after missing out on playing in Portugal.
“I appreciate the support and love from the fans and I am proud to be part of this great tournament. I will be in good hands, with the best team around me.”
The withdrawal is a big blow to Portugal (pictured) who are looking to complete a treble of Masters 1000, Masters 10 and the cup.
Nadal, who was seeded 25th at the French Open, will replace the injured Rafael Nadal in the event.
The withdrawal by Nadal is a major blow to the Portuguese in their quest for a treble of the world No. 1, Master 10 and Masters 1000.
Nadal’s withdrawal is a real disaster