Rafael Nadal Suffers Yet Another Setback After National Bank Open Withdrawal, Casts Doubts Over US Open 2021

Published 08/11/2021, 12:41 PM EDT
ROME, ITALY – MAY 16: Rafael Nadal of Spain celebrates against Nikoloz Basilashvili of Georgia in their Men’s Singles Round of 16 match during Day Five of the International BNL d’Italia at Foro Italico on May 16, 2019 in Rome, Italy. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)


Bad news seems like it’s planning on taking permanent citizenship in the Spanish tennis world. The latest news has arrived regarding Rafael Nadal, and sadly, the Spaniard has pulled out of the Cincinnati Open as well. Just a few days back, despite being the number two seed at the from the tournament, he retired from the Canadian Open.

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Nadal has been going through a tough year and has faced numerous injury issues. The Spaniard also withdrew from the Wimbledon Championships and the Olympics this summer.

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Rafael Nadal pulls out of the Cincinnati Open

The North American tour is turning into a nightmare for Nadal this year. His poor performance at the Citi Open and withdrawal from the National Bank Open had already cast doubts on his form.

Now, the clay court king has joined a list of elite athletes to pull out of the Cincinnati Open. After Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer, Nadal is the latest big name to withdraw from the tournament.

Moreover, the athlete just came back from an injury-induced two-month sabbatical from the sport. He listened to his body and took the break after the French Open in June.

Nadal gave hints of another withdrawal after pulling out of the Canadian Open just one day before his game. He has been having problems with his foot, and he has decided to not play unless completely back in shape. He is far from his best at the moment, as he looks to prepare for the US Open later this month.

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ROME, ITALY – MAY 12: Rafael Nadal of Spain reacts to a missed point on day 5 of the Internazionali BNL d’Italia match between Rafael Nadal of Spain and Jannik Sinner of Italy at Foro Italico on May 12, 2021 in Rome, Italy. Sporting stadiums around Italy remain under strict restrictions due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in games being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

Nadal’s poor form in 2021

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Ever since losing against Djokovic at the French Open semifinals, Nadal has not been looking great. Besides his loss in the semifinals, he has not seen any form of success this year. His loss against Lloyd Harris at the Citi Open was a teaser for his form after coming back from an injury.

He was the number one seed at the Citi Open and the number two seed at the National Bank Open. However, he has not been able to provide any form of justice to his seedings.

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Can Nadal come back to the court for the US Open?

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Suchit Halder

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Suchit Halder is a Tennis writer at EssentiallySports. He is currently pursuing a Bachelor's degree in Management Studies from St Xavier's College, Mumbai. With a keen interest in writing and sports, Suchit has previously worked as a content writer at Football Counter and worked with the content team for Delhi Capitals during IPL 2021.

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