“I Tried Hard”: Rafael Nadal Announces Unfortunate New at National Bank Open 2021

Published 08/10/2021, 9:06 PM EDT
Tennis – French Open – Roland Garros, Paris, France – June 9, 2021 Spain’s Rafael Nadal during his quarter final match against Argentina’s Diego Schwartzman REUTERS/Benoit Tessier


Spanish tennis player Rafael Nadal has been one of the most humble players on the Tour. The 13-time French Open champion has done wonders, especially on a clay court. Out of his 20 Grand Slam titles, more than 50% of the success has been earned on the clay.

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On the latest front, Rafael Nadal has withdrawn from the ATP 1000 event in Montreal. This news comes as a huge disappointment as the two-time winner won’t be seen this season. He is suffering from a foot injury. 

Aug 5, 2021; Washington, DC, USA; Rafael Nadal of Spain hits a forehand against Lloyd Harris of South Africa (not pictured) during the Citi Open at Rock Creek Park Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Scott Taetsch-USA TODAY Sports

The Spaniard spoke on this and stated, “I really wanted to play here a lot, but now is the moment to make a decision, and this is, unfortunately, the decision that I have taken. I feel bad, I tried hard. But as you know how much i like this event and I do hope to be back in Toronto.” 

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Rafael Nadal suffered disappointment in Washington

In the past few weeks, Nadal has only played the Citi Open in Washington. Out there, he lost in the initial rounds. He did reveal during that loss that he’s suffering from an injury. 

NEW YORK, NEW YORK – SEPTEMBER 06: Rafael Nadal of Spain celebrates match point during his Men’s Singles semi-final match against Matteo Berrettini of Italy on day twelve of the 2019 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 06, 2019 in Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

Prior to that, Rafa decided to skip the Wimbledon Championships and the Tokyo Olympics. One of the major setbacks for the Spaniard was when he lost in the semifinal of the French Open to Novak Djokovic. 

During the clay season, Nadal had won titles in Barcelona and Rome, which was a positive sign moving into Roland Garros. However, now that the season has shifted towards the US Open Series, it will be interesting to see how the 20-time Grand Slam winner performs.

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Rohan Kollare

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Rohan Kollare is a tennis author for EssentiallySports. Rohan has a post-graduate diploma in Sports Management and a trophy cabinet adorned with accolades won in district and state-level tennis competitions. He has previously worked in Content Operations for Disney’s Hotstar for over a year, covering tennis and Formula One.

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