Spanish tennis star Rafael Nadal recently withdrew from tournaments in Cincinnati and Toronto because of a right wrist injury. This is big news for anybody who’s eyeing 2014 US Open betting because Nadal would likely be a favorite, given that he’ll be defending his title. The US Open begins on August 25th, so the 28-year-old still has three weeks to get back to full strength.
The right wrist injury doesn’t affect Nadal’s entire game because he plays left-handed. However, he also uses a two-handed backhand and isn’t himself right now. “Unfortunately I injured myself yesterday during practice and after checking with my doctors I will have to stay out of competition for at least two to three weeks,” Nadal said after pulling out of the Cincinnati and Toronto events. There is some optimism, though, because he posted on Facebook that he expects to “be well for the US Open.”
Nadal’s manager, Benito Perez-Barbadillo, shed some more light on the matter by writing that Rafa was hurt during a practice session on his home island of Mallorca (Spain). Perez-Barbadillo added that doctors want Nadal to wear a cast on his wrist for the next 2-3 weeks while it heals. Along the way, doctors will be monitoring the right wrist, including an MRI, to determine when he can play again.
The Toronto tournament starts tomorrow and the Cincinnati event begins on Aug. 11th. Nadal won both of these events in 2013 (the Canadian tourney was held in Montreal last year) during his US Open hard-court preparation. Rafa would go on to win the 2013 US Open as well, which is part of his 14 Grand Slam titles. This is tied with Pete Sampras for second in men’s tennis history, and just three off of Roger Federer’s all-time record of 17 Grand Slam victories.
Unfortunately, even if he’s ready by the 2014 US Open, Nadal will be a little rusty due to inactivity. On the other hand, he has been his usual dominant self this year, recording a 44-8 record and winning four titles, including his record ninth French Open win. The wrist injury has kept him from having an even better year because he hasn’t played since losing to 19-year-old Nick Kyrgios on July 1st at Wimbledon. At this time, Nadal is ranked second in the ATP Men’s rankings with 12,670 points. This puts him just behind Novak Djokovic (13,130 points) for the number one ranking.