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Rafael Nadal Withdraws from US Open

Aug 16th, 2012
Staff Writer

Rafael nadal at wimbledon 2012After disappointingly declining an invitation to the 2012 Olympic games in London as Spain's elite tennis competitor and national flag-bearer, Rafael Nadal is again unable to compete. This time at the prestigious United States Open in New York City.

The final major of the tennis season, the US Open is world renowned for its fierce competitions and fanatic crowds. As 2011's second place winner, losing to Djokavic in a four-set final, the tennis world is changed by the absence of the world's number three ranked player.

Nadal recently shared his regret in making the decision, "I am sorry since I always found great crowds and great support, but I have to continue with my recuperation and preparation to be ready to play in the right conditions," Nadal said in a statement on the US Open Tournament website. In 2010, Rafa completed his career Grand Slam with a US Open singles title.

At 26 years old, Rafael Nadal expects he has enough youthful energy to recover quickly and return to tournament play sooner rather than later. But after Scotland's Andy Murray won Olympic gold in a final over Roger Federer, Nadal's future ranking becomes uncertain. Murray captured the Western and Southern Tournament title in Cincinnati on August 15th, defeating American Sam Querrey in two, and building further momentum for August 27th, and the US Open.