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Nadal pulls out of US Open


Nadal pulls out of US Open


Rafael Nadal has withdrawn from this year’s US Open due to injury.

The Spanish world number three has not played since suffering a shock second-round defeat at Wimbledon in June.

Nadal missed the London Olympics because of a recurrence of tendinitis in his knees and subsequently withdrew from ATP Tour events in Toronto and Cincinnati.

“I am very sad to announce that I am still not ready to play,” Nadal said.

“I am sorry since I always found great crowds and great support, but I have to continue with my recuperation and preparation to be ready to play in the right conditions.”

Nadal won the US Open in 2010, sealing a career Grand Slam. Last year, he was the runner-up to Novak Djokovic.

The 2012 tournament, in New York, runs from 27 August to 9 September.

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