Rafael Nadal has pulled out of the Toronto Masters 1000 event this week due to his ongoing foot injury. The Spaniard was dumped out of the Washington Open at the last 16 stage last week and has been struggling with the problem.
It is less than ideal for Nadal as he looks to win his 21st Grand Slam at the US Open at the end of the month.
The Spaniard joins world number one Novak Djokovic in pulling out of the event with the Serbian opting for more rest after the Olympics.
Nadal has had success at the Toronto Masters in the past but said this was the only decision he could make if he wants to compete at Flushing Meadows.
“I really wanted to play here a lot, but now is the moment to make a decision, and this is unfortunately the decision that I have taken,” he said.
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Fellow Spaniard Feliciano Lopez will gain entry into the Toronto Masters as a lucky loser replacing Nadal.
Nadal had opened up on his foot injury ahead of the Toronto event.
“It’s been a couple of tough months for me in terms of physical issues,” he told reporters.
“I know I am not at my peak yet but I think I have been practising better than what I played in Washington so I am excited to keep going here and be able to play a little bit better than there.
“In some moments, the situation is worse and some moments, the situation is better.
“After Paris, my foot was not recovering. I was in a lot of pain for a couple of weeks so I couldn’t train. I stayed around 20 days without touching a racket, trying to recover.”
Previous to his withdrawal Nadal was hoping to find some form and recovery in his foot injury with playing some matches.
“I need to find again the positive feelings with my foot,” said the 20-time Grand Slam champion.
“I really need to have a couple of weeks with less pain to have the confidence again on my movements, knowing that I will be able to go out and compete for a long time. That’s something that I am looking for in this tournament.”