There is some quite disappointing news coming for Rafael Nadal fans. The Spaniard recently announced that he will not be playing the US Open 2021. Surprisingly, he will no longer be playing any match during the remainder of the season as he has decided to end his season with immediate effect.
In a recent tweet, Rafael Nadal announced that he will have to end his 2021 tennis season straight away. He mentioned that he has been suffering from a left foot injury for quite some time now and is in no position to play at the US Open 2021.
Hola todos: quería comunicaros que desgraciadamente tengo que poner fin a la temporada 2021.
Sinceramente llevo un año sufriendo mucho más de lo que debería con con mi pie y necesito tomarme un tiempo.
— Rafa Nadal (@RafaelNadal) August 20, 2021
“Hello everyone, I wanted to inform you that unfortunately I have to end the 2021 season. Honestly, I’ve been suffering a lot more than I should with my foot for a year and I need to take some time,” tweeted Nadal. (Translated via Google Translate)
Rafa recently decided to play a golf tournament just one week before the US Open 2021. It was a hint that the Spaniard is not well and might withdraw from the Grand Slam anytime soon. Interestingly, he is the latest to end his season after Roger Federer and Dominic Thiem.
Just like Federer and Thiem, Rafael Nadal is OUT for the rest of the season…
It’s been tough. https://t.co/kkjvQoUZp1
— José Morgado (@josemorgado) August 20, 2021
“I promise you that I will work hard to try to continue to enjoy this sport for some more time. Big hug to all!” wrote Rafa on Instagram after his recent announcement.
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The 20-time Grand Slam champion injured his left foot during the French Open 2021. Even though he returned at the Citi Open 2021, he still had issues with his foot and later withdrew from the National Bank Open and the Cincinnati Masters 2021 as he was not able to recover in time.
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Rafael Nadal at the 2021 tennis season
It is for the first time since 2016 that Nadal has failed to win a Grand Slam title in a tennis season. Interestingly, he didn’t even take part in the Wimbledon Championships and the US Open 2021.
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
Rafa won two titles this season and he conquered both of them on clay including a Masters 1000 title. He won the Barcelona Open 2021 for the 12th time and then went on to win achieve his ‘La Decima’ at the Italian Open 2021.
However, the Spaniard failed to impress fans on the hardcourt and didn’t even play a single match on grass this season.
Fans hope that Rafael Nadal recovers soon and makes an incredible comeback on the court next season. It will be intriguing to see where he finishes in the ATP rankings by the end of the year.
Leylah Fernandez: Fans chanting my name at Indian Wells Masters felt surreal
US Open runner-up Leylah Fernandez admitted that hearing fans chant her name at the Indian Wells Masters felt “surreal.” On Friday, Fernandez played her first match since her outstanding US Open campaign and fans in the stands chanted her name.
Fernandez, who is now enjoying a career-high ranking of No. 28 in the world, saw off Alize Cornet 6-2 6-3 to progress into the Indian Wells third round. “It’s surreal. You dream of that happening, but you don’t expect that to happen …
I got goosebumps. Like, even now, my Heart suit is beating so fast … I was so happy,” Fernandez said, per Mark Masters. Fernandez was asked on what did she work after the US Open. “Everything (laughs) … We always try to look for that extra inch, extra millimetre to be better …
We worked on everything,” Fernandez claimed.
Fernandez was thrilled to meet Maria Sharapova
“I was lucky enough to to meet Maria Sharapova at the Met (Gala). We kind of chatted a little bit and she gave me some pretty good advice.
She told me her own experience and the way that she was able to bounce back,” Fernandez revealed. Meanwhile, 2020 French Open champion Iga Swiatek shared advice for Fernandez and US Open champion Emma Raducanu. “Well I would say balancing all the things you have to do on-court and all the things that [you’ve] been doing for the past years with all that new stuff,” Swiatek explained.
“Because it can overwhelm [you] at the beginning. It was good for me that Roland Garros was the last tournament of the season. I know that [Fernandez and Raducanu] probably have one or two more. “Then they’re going to have a break and they’re going to have time to reflect on [their success].
“Also having the people around you who won’t be pushing you to do more because of public relations or publicity. Just you know maybe staying calm a little bit and waiting for how you will react to all of that.”
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Martina Hingis Used Me! Says Ex Husband to Le Journal du Dimanche
Martina Hingis is happily back to tennis life. After leaving the circuit, she got back to living it. Just in doubles though, and some random single’s appearances in Fed Cup, just to show that despite the years and rust, she still is one of the greatest talents ever witnessed in women’s tennis.
As great as she is on court, Martina over the years has draw attention on her personal life far more than she ought to, with troubled relationships. Now, her former marriage is back on the news, with Martina’s ex husband Thibault Hutin taking on French Le Journal du Dimanche, to reveal that first of all the couple is legally still bonded and secondly that Swiss champion has used him over the years they have been together.
Hingis and Hutin got married in 2010, and while according to the media the Swiss is divorced, legally it appears the couple is yet to tear apart. In 2013 Thibault sued Martina for harassment. Their divorce is yet to be made official, and that hurts Hutin, as reported by JDC.
“My life is trash. I mistakenly left riding to preserve our marriage. I left my passion, there is nothing left. Without my family, I wouldn’t be able to pay my rent” confessed Thibault. When the couple met, Martina had just gotten back from a two-year suspension for cocaine abuse, thus she was quite fragile and not well seen by the media.
“Martina asked me to do interviews with her. Someone told me about her problems briefly, I didn’t know anything about it. Back than things were still tense. She wasn’t allowed to go to tournaments. She needed to rebuild an image.
The marriage with a good Frenchman was perfect at that time. She used me. Thinking about it now it seems obvious”. After more trouble, that including a surprising visit from Hutin to Hingis in New York that didn’t go well, the two separated in 2013.