Rafael Nadal, the 32-year-old world no 1 has announced his withdrawal from upcoming tournaments in Beijing and Shanghai due to the right knee injury that forced him to retire from the US Open earlier this month.
Earlier in New York, He had to pull out during his semi-final against Juan Martin del Potro and also missed Spain’s Davis Cup defeat by France last weekend.
He said he visited doctors in Barcelona and has eventually made the decision to play neither the ATP 500 event in Beijing nor the Masters 1000 in Shanghai.
The 32-year-old said, “While the annoyances on my knee are nothing new, we have decided together with my medical and technical team not to participate in the Asian tour to recover the knee the way we have always done.”
“I’m sorry I can’t be with all the fans in China and with the organisers of the Beijing and Shanghai tournaments that have always had a great relationship with me and my team,” he added.
He lost in the semi-finals at Wimbledon to Djokovic before the knee problem hampered his progress at Flushing Meadows.