◼️ The Spanish tennis player wants to ‘take care of his body’ to arrive in the best conditions to the US Open, the last Grand Slam of the season.
A few hours after winning the Toronto tournament, the world number one tennis player, Rafael Nadal, resigned to play the Cincinnati Masters to “take care of the body”, two weeks before the start of the US Open.
I am very sorry to announce that I won’t be playing in Cincinnati this year. No other reason than personally taking care of my body and trying to keep as healthy as I feel now.
I am very thankful to my friend Andre Silva, Tournament Director of the Cincinnati tournament,
— Rafa Nadal (@RafaelNadal) August 13, 2018
His absence allows Swiss Roger Federer to be the No. 1 seed for the Cincinnati tournament, which began on Sunday. The Swiss did the reverse of Nadal, by not playing in Toronto to focus on Cincinnati, where he won eight times.
Nadal announced his decision just after his victory in the final of the Masters in Toronto, where he won by 6-2, 7-6 (7/4) to the Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas, the great revelation of the tournament. This is the 80th title of the Spanish tennis player in his career.
The US Open, the last Grand Slam of the season, will be played between August 27 and September 9 in New York.