In a statement posted on social media, the world number 4 said he was suffering “much more than I should have” from a foot injury, adding that the decision to end his 2021 season was “the way forward to recover and recover well. “
Nadal’s last outing on a tennis court was at the Citi Open in Washington DC earlier in August, where he suffered a shocking knockout loss to South African Lloyd Harris.
The 27-year-old star said on Wednesday he had not recovered from the injury he suffered at the Mallorca Open in June, which was the last tournament he attended before retiring from Wimbledon and of the Tokyo Olympics earlier this summer.
With Nadal, Federer and Thiem absent, the road looks easier for Djokovic as he aims to win a memorable calendar slam – winning all four grand slams in the same calendar year.
The Serb, who is also aiming for a record-breaking 21st Grand Slam singles title, failed in his search for a historic gold slam in men’s tennis at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics – winning all four grand slams and a gold medal Olympic in the same 12 months – loser in the semi-finals.
If he were to win in New York, he would become the first men’s singles tennis player to complete a slam on the calendar since Rod Laver did so a second time in 1969.
This year’s US Open is scheduled to start on August 30 and end on September 12 in New York City.
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