ATP Finals: Rafael Nadal ruled out of London event
ATP Finals: Rafael Nadal ruled out of London event
Rafael Nadal: Spaniard to have surgery on ankle injury and miss ATP Finals
08 November, 2018, 00:53
Rafael Nadal on Monday confirmed that he will miss the ATP Finals in London and announced the "end of the season" because of injury.
"I have done everything possible to reach the end of the season in good condition, both in Paris and London, and I really wanted to play", Nadal said.
Nadal did win the Rogers Cup in Toronto this season, but he has otherwise endured nothing but misery in this year's biggest hard-court events.
"Unfortunately I had the abdominal problem in Paris last week and I also have an issue in the ankle joint that has to be removed in the operating room today", the 17-times Grand Slam victor wrote on Twitter.
Because Nadal's season is over, Djokovic is assured of finishing the year atop the ATP rankings for the fifth time.
Nadal follows Juan Martin del Potro as the second player to have qualified to be forced to withdraw through injury, with world No 10 Isner, 33, set to now make his debut in London.
In a statement the 32-year-old said: "It has been a complicated year".
Five-time champion Djokovic was drawn in Group Guga Kuerten on the day he returned to the top of the rankings and Rafael Nadalwithdrew from the season-ending tournament due to ankle and abdominal injuries.
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