Is Rafael Nadal Still Inside Top 10 Rankings After Pulling Out From National Bank Open 2021

Published 08/10/2021, 9:25 PM EDT
Aug 5, 2021; Washington, DC, USA; Rafael Nadal of Spain reacts after a play 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


Spanish tennis player Rafael Nadal has not been having the best past few weeks. After exiting from the French Open in the semifinal, he has not been in his usual element. A loss at French Open for the Spaniard is considered a major setback for him. 

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Recently, it came to light that Rafael Nadal will not be competing at the National Bank Open this season. He suffered from a foot injury that had an impact on him losing early in Washington last week. Due to that, the troubles have continued in the current week for the 20-time Grand Slam winner. 

Aug 3, 2021; Washington, DC, USA; Rafael Nadal of Spain hits a forehand during a practice session at the Citi Open at Rock Creek Park Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Scott Taetsch-USA TODAY Sports

Rafael Nadal will lose points due to injury this week 

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As a result, Nadal will slip down the rankings since he is defending 1000 points in Montreal. Losing those points mean, the Spaniard will slip down the rankings. he will go down from World No. 4 to World No. 6 in the following week, when the points are updated. 

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German tennis player Alexander Zverev will become World No. 4 and Austrian tennis star Dominic Thiem will become World No. 5. This will be a huge setback for the Spaniard as he will be from touching distance from booking a spot in the ATP Finals in Turin. 

NEW YORK, NEW YORK – SEPTEMBER 08: Rafael Nadal of Spain reacts during the fifth set of his Men’s Singles final match against Daniil Medvedev of Russia on day fourteen of the 2019 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 08, 2019 in the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

Reflecting on the season, Rafa began in Melbourne but lost in the quarterfinal. After that, he was not seen on Tour for a considerable amount of time. After that, then resumed during the clay season and had a good run until he lost in the semifinal of the French Open to Novak Djokovic. 

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He then skipped the Wimbledon Championships which was followed by the Tokyo Olympics. He was last seen in Washington at the Citi Open. Now that he is dealing with an injury, one hopes he can regain full fitness as soon as possible and that we can see a healthy Rafa during the final Grand Slam event of the season, the US Open

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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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