Rafael Nadal withdraws from Laver Cup due to ‘personal reasons’
Laver Cup is being played in Hamburg on Friday and Saturday with Rafael Nadal withdrawing from the tournament citing personal reasons and “for personal reasons”.
A statement from the ATP, which organises the prestigious tournament and which has been played at three different locations in the last 18 years, also says that two other players have withdrawn.
Nadal said he would return to the tour only after he had recovered from a viral infection and had been cleared by a specialist.
“I have decided to withdraw from the tournament. I am sorry for the disappointment of the millions of fans who have supported me this year,” Nadal said in a statement on the ATP website.
Nadal, however, insisted he had fought his way back to full fitness and was happy to still be competing in the world’s premier tennis tournament.
“I want to thank everyone for their incredible support throughout all these years. I am grateful for your friendship and your understanding,” he said.
“We are happy to return to competition next week in Hamburg. With your support and the support of our team, I won’t go on to the Australian Open.”
At the Australian Open, he won the fourth-round match against Roger Federer 7-6, 6-3, 6-3, at the Allphones Arena in Melbourne.
“I would like to say I’m sorry to everyone who is disappointed. I feel I’ve had a great year,” Nadal said after his emotional win.
Nadal said he felt “happy, sad and disappointed” by the decision to withdraw.
“I can’t think of anyone who has inspired us more than Rafael Nadal,” said tournament chairman Rod Harrington.
“He has been through the most amazing journey for our sport, and he leaves in such a magnificent way.”
Earlier in the week, Harrington informed Nadal he planned to end his career at the start of the following season, as he has for the last 28 times he has qualified for the ATP World Tour Finals.
Nadal withdrew from Laver Cup last year after just two matches and then said he would end his career at the start of this season.
“The Laver Cup is a special event that