Rafael Nadal withdraws from Laver Cup due to ‘personal reasons’
Following Rafa Narda’s withdrawal from the last week’s Laver Cup, he’s apparently going to get a new partner. Rafael Nadal, the four-time Roland Garros Champion, pulled out of the French Open, citing personal reasons. His tournament partner was his longtime tennis mentor Ivan Lendl.
The Spaniard played Novak Djokovic in the tournament’s final on Saturday after receiving a warning from the ATP. After the win, Nadal said he decided to withdraw for personal reasons. He also said he had played some more matches in the past two weeks than the rest of the players.
During the tournament, Nadal has said that he does not see himself dropping out and instead wants to continue with the tennis career. He also added that he will continue with his schedule, which includes two clay-court tournaments and a tournament in his native country.
“It’s very sad to be saying goodbye to tennis after such a wonderful life,” Nadal said in a post on Twitter. “I still have so much more to play for and I want to keep on doing it. However, I feel like it’s better to keep myself for the time being. The time to make the most of this is not yet here.”
Nadal has won a total of 19 Grand Slam tournaments. His 14 Grand Slam singles titles place him in second to Federer (20) in Grand Slam singles championships won. In Grand Slam doubles, he is ranked seventh.
Nadal’s withdrawal will definitely leave the tournament without a major winner. The French Open, one of the most prestigious tournaments on the tour, was down to Nadal and Lendl in a three-way tie for the title. However, Nadal had to withdraw because of a shoulder injury. His loss will definitely make the French Open tournament, scheduled for Saturday, July 1, 2020, a three-day extra event because of Nadal’s withdrawing.
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