CINCINNATI, NETRALNEWS.COM - Rafael Nadal has withdrawn from the Cincinnati Masters for the second time in a row after improving his US Open preparations by winning the Montreal title on Sunday (11/08/2019).
Earlier, Canadian teenager Bianca Andreescu, who made history by winning the WTA Toronto title on Sunday by defeating Serena Williams, also did the same thing.
The announcement of withdrawing from the Cincinnati Masters competition was made by Nadal just hours after the Spaniard won the fifth Canadian title thanks to a 6-3, 6-0 victory over Russian Daniil Medvedev.
As quoted from the official website of the ATP, Monday (12/8), Nadal who often suffered injuries, decided not to play again before August 26, the start of the US Open in New York.
"I am very sorry to announce that I will not play in Cincinnati this year," Nadal said via Facebook. "There is no other reason than to personally take care of my body and try to stay healthy as I am now."
Nadal said he explained his position to Brazilian Cincinnati tournament director Andre Silva, who he said understood.
"I am sure the tournament will succeed and I hope the best for him and his team," Nadal said.
Nadal will enter the US Open with only one hard court warm-up tournament, despite extending his record 1000 Masters title to 35.
His resignation made the Cincinnati draw "unbalanced", because top seed Novak Djokovic and world number three Roger Federer are in the upper half of the tournament.
Both have not played since the Wimbledon final a month ago, which was won by Djokovic. Federer is chasing the eighth Cincinnati title, while Djokovic is the defending champion.