Rafael Nadal withdraws from Laver Cup due to ‘personal reasons’
Rafael Nadal is withdrawing from the Laver Cup after failing to recover from the illness that has sidelined him since January 20.
The world No. 4 was taken to hospital on Monday after a minor lung infection, but, after an initial recovery the Spanish tennis player was taken for an ultrasound scan earlier in the week, which has not been conclusive.
On Thursday, Nadal tweeted: “I don’t want to play this week with this condition. Thanks for your understanding in this difficult situation.”
Nadal has been absent from the tour this year, and has not played competitively since a victory on Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne.
The Swiss-born Spaniard last won a title at the Australian Open in January, when he was world No. 1. It was his lowest final-round win since the 2009 US Open.
Nadal is ranked No. 3 in the world, but only two places above the Australian.
He has reached the last four of four majors, taking the US Open and the Australian Open titles.
He won his first ATP title at the Italian Open in Rome in April. Now he is seeking a new title.
There are some doubts over whether or not Nadal can compete on the same high level for another fortnight.
Nadal is a three-time winner of the Laver Cup, a one-point tit for tat title for the players in the world’s top 10 at that time.
The prize was created in 1963, which is at a time when tennis was still largely amateur.
Nadal joined in 2002, winning a record fifth title at the US Open.
This year he could have claimed the title as he finished all-time No.1 for the sixth time, and is currently fifth on the ATP’s latest ranking (at No. 7, 1,096).
However, he was eliminated in the second round at the Australian Open on Sunday in an upset loss to Kei Nishik