Rafael Nadal withdraws from Laver Cup due to ‘personal reasons’
Rafael Nadal has made the decision to withdraw from the Laver Cup which will be played in the United States. His management has decided to end the tennis ace’s association with the Australian Open tournament, to which he was appointed a four-time Australian Open Champion in 2015.
This is not the first time the world No. 2 has been suspended while attending to a personal health and he has been absent this tournament in the past. He was absent in the 2014 edition and is yet to play in the current one, which will be held in the US.
“It is my personal decision to withdraw from the event.
I want to thank all the players, event staff and staff of the tournament for their fantastic support and understanding in this difficult situation,” Rafa Nadal said in a statement.
“I love playing on the grass courts of the US. I have had a wonderful experience and I hope my experience here can be repeated next year. It would be an honour to return to the US one day and hopefully the Open next year.
“I’ve been thinking a lot about my personal health, but I am not ready to share these thoughts with the world just yet. I will continue my focus and training, which is essential for me, while I take this time to rest and recover.
“I would also like to extend my appreciation to the tournament and my fellow players for their excellent work and commitment in preparing for this event. I am very proud to be a part of such a prestigious tournament and it has been an incredible experience.”
Earlier in the month, Rafael Nadal was suspended for the rest of this season after a ‘personal reason’. It was reported that his doctor has suggested that the Spaniard goes on medication to deal with his stress levels, and that this could affect his ability to perform at the top level as well.
The tennis ace, who has been ranked world No. 2 since September 2011, has announced that he will not play any tournaments until the end of