Practice injury forces Rafael Nadal out of Rogers Cup

Stephanie Myles

Rafael Nadal, who would have been the No. 2 seed, is out of the Rogers Cup and a similar Masters 100o tournament the following week in Cincinnati. The reason is an injury to his right wrist, suffered in practice Tuesday.

According to journalist Ben Rothenberg, who writes about tennis for the New York Times, Nadal's wrist will be in a cast for those 2-3 weeks to heal a "small detachment" of the posterior sheath of the ulnar collateral ligament in the wrist.

Here's the official Nadal quote from Tennis Canada.

“I’m extremely disappointed that I am unable to defend my Rogers Cup title this year. I was looking forward to coming there and playing again in Toronto as I have always loved to play in Canada and had great results in the past at a very important event.

Unfortunately I injured myself yesterday during practice and after checking with my doctors I will have to stay out of competition for at least 2-3 weeks. I am sorry to the tournament and to all of the fans.”

Nadal has been a faithful customer at the Rogers Cup. He missed it only once, in 2012 during that period his knee woes took him out for seven months. He has won it three times.

“We know Rafa is a fan favourite and our fans will be upset by his absence,” tournament director Karl Hale said in a statement. “But we also know that if Rafa could play he would as he has a great respect for our event and his Canadian fans. We wish him well and hope he returns to the Tour healthy as soon as possible.”

The withdrawal is good news for Andy Murray, currently No. 10 in the ATP Tour rankings. With the absence of Juan Martin del Potro (who had surgery on the wrist on his off-hand – this is getting to be a familiar refrain, isn't it? – and is rehabbing) and Nadal means he'll be the No. 8 seed, which gives him a first-round bye.

Just yesterday, Nadal was saying this at a charity event, according to the ATP Tour's Spanish site. It's ironic, now; perhaps he was tempting fate.

"Lately, I have not had any setbacks. From Australia, fortunately, I have not had setbacks – just the opposite. Things have gone well and I think I'm having a good season. I'm Happy about it and now there are major challenges to achieve."

Nadal is the defending champion; he defeated Canadian Milos Raonic in last year's final in Montreal. He also is the defending champion at the Cincinnati event.