Rafael Nadal, a five-time champion of the Canada Masters, won’t take part in the forthcoming Masters 1000 competition. Following an injury at Wimbledon, a two-time defending champion is back on the practice court. However, he began to feel uneasy once more and made the decision to forego Montreal and take no chances.
With 35 victories out of 38 matches played this year and the ATP Race lead over Carlos Alcaraz, Rafael Nadal has been difficult to beat. For the first time in his career, Rafa won the first two Major championships of the season, edging off Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic.
At Roland Garros, Rafael Nadal won his 22nd Major title after defeating Novak Djokovic in the quarterfinal and Casper Ruud in the championship match. The Spaniard traveled to Wimbledon after a well-earned break and made it to his third consecutive All England Club semifinal.
After a thrilling victory against Taylor Fritz in the quarterfinal, Nadal was forced to quit due to an abdominal ailment before facing Nick Kyrgios in the semi-final. Rafa had a few days off and then went back to his Mallorca home’s practice court to improve on his baseline game.
In the practice court, he looked good, but the primary problem was his serve after that injury. Recently, Nadal began to practice it, but his body did not respond properly.
Rafael Nadal left the Montreal tournament.
In preparation for Cincinnati and the US Open, he will spend more time away from the court working on his technique.
Nadal has won the Canada Open five times, dominating the rankings since 1990 and taking home back-to-back crowns in 2018 and 2019. In 2022, Rafa competed in eight tournaments before suffering a rib injury in Indian Wells and missing the rest of the season until May.
Rafa improved and won his 14th Roland Garros championship after struggling in Madrid and Rome. In order to exit Wimbledon, Nadal was unable to challenge Nick Kyrgios fairly. He’ll make sure to fully recover before entering another competition.
“Everything has gone smoothly between the vacation days and my subsequent return to training. I began training the service four days ago, and yesterday following the training, I experienced some soreness that persisted today.
We’ve made the decision to postpone our trip to Montreal and carry on with our training without pressuring anyone. I genuinely appreciate the patience and support that the tournament director, Eugene, and his entire staff have always showed me. Today was no different “said Rafael Nadal.