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Rafael Nadal withdraws from National Bank Open with abdominal injury

American Mackenzie McDonald, ranked 48th, no longer needs to qualify and will go straight to the finals.

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Five-time Canadian Open champion Rafael Nadal withdrew from Friday’s National Bank Open. The Spaniard said he is still dealing with abdominal problems that forced him to miss the Wimbledon semi-final match against Australia’s Nick Kyrgios.

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Nadal, who has won a record 22 Grand Slam titles, announced his decision hours before the official draw for the event, which begins Saturday’s qualifying matches at the Jarry Tennis Center. He would have been the second seed behind Russia’s Alexander Medvedev.

Novak Djokovic, who has won 21 Grand Slam titles and is right behind Nadal, officially withdrew on Thursday but will not participate because he has not been vaccinated against the coronavirus and cannot enter Canada. was not expected.

“I’ve been practicing without a serve for a while and started serving four days ago,” Nadal said in a statement released by the Canadian Tennis Association. After talking to the doctor, we decided to take things in a conservative way and give them a few more days before starting the competition. I would like to thank the Tournament Director Eugène (Lapiree) and his team for understanding and supporting me and this decision.I am so sad that I cannot finally go to Montreal.I have won 5 times so far. It’s a tournament that I love to play in and I really hope that I can come back to play in front of some amazing crowds.”

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“We are clearly disappointed that Rafael will not be with us this year. Huang, five-time champion of our tournament and last men’s champion in Montreal (2019) , were clearly eager to see him perform at the IGA Stadium.”

“On the other hand, if you look at the bigger picture, we still have a very strong board with 41 of the 44 best players in the world. I will definitely show off my tennis.”

American Mackenzie McDonald, ranked 48th, no longer needs to qualify and will go straight to the finals.

Rafael Nadal withdraws from National Bank Open with abdominal injury

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