Rafael Nadal pulls out of ATP Finals in London with ‘abdominal problem’ as Spaniard plans to have ankle surgery to fix problem ahead of next season
- Rafael Nadal has pulled out of the ATP Finals in London because of injury
- He pulled out of the Paris Masters with an abdominal issue and hasn’t recovered
- Nadal was scheduled to have surgery to remove a floating body from his ankle
- His withdrawal in Paris allowed Novak Djokovic to replace him as World No 1
Rafael Nadal is to undergo ankle surgery after revealing he is out of the ATP Finals in London because of injury.
The Spaniard pulled out of the Paris Masters with an abdominal injury and after failing to recover in time, has now withdrawn from next week’s event.
He was scheduled to have a procedure to remove a floating body from his ankle on Monday in a bid to be fit for the start of the new season.
Rafael Nadal is out of the ATP Finals in London next week with an ‘abdominal problem’
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In a post on his official Facebook page, Nadal said: ‘It has been a complicated year, very good at the tennis level when I was able to play, and at the same time very bad as far as injuries are concerned.
‘I have done everything possible to reach the end of the season in good condition, both in Paris and London, doing things well and I really wanted to play.
‘Unfortunately, I had the abdominal problem in Paris last week and, in addition, I have a free body in the ankle joint that has to be removed in the operating room today.
‘It is true that we had detected it for a long time and from time to time it bothered me. However, since the problem in the abdominal muscle also prevents me from playing in London, we take advantage of the moment to remove the free body and avoid future problems.
‘In this way I hope to be in full condition for the next season.’
The Spaniard pulled out of the Paris Masters with an abdominal injury and has failed to recover
Nadal has qualified for the ATP Finals in 14 consecutive years but withdrew or retired in seven
Nadal’s withdrawal in Paris allowed Novak Djokovic to replace him at the top of the world rankings. He will be replaced in the tournament by world No 10 John Isner.
The 11-time French Open champion has qualified for the season-ending competition in 14 consecutive years since 2005 but has now withdrawn or retired in seven of those.
When Nadal withdrew in Paris he said that it was a new injury and not directly related to the knee issues that have forced him to the sidelines since early September.
‘The last few days I start to feel a little bit the abdominal, especially when I was serving,’ he said.
‘And I was checking with the doctor and the doctor recommended to not play, because if I continue the abdominal maybe can break and can be a major thing, and I really don’t want that.
‘It has been a tough year for me since that moment in terms of injuries so I want to avoid drastic things. It would not be fair and not good for me and for nobody to go inside the court knowing that probably the full tournament will not be possible to play.’
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