Defending US Open champion Rafael Nadal is to miss this year’s tournament because of injury.
The Spaniard announced his decision not to compete at Flushing Meadows on his official Facebook page on Monday afternoon.
The 28-year-old, who also won the title in 2010, has been struggling with a wrist injury sustained in practice last month and has not played since his shock Wimbledon defeat to Nick Kyrgios in July.
The problem – a new one for Nadal to deal with after long-running battles with his knees – means he is unable to defend the title he won against Novak Djokovic last year.
“I am very sorry to announce I won’t be able to play at this year’s US Open a tournament on which I’ve played 3 consecutive finals in my last participations,” Nadal wrote.
“I am sure you understand that it is a very tough moment for me since it is a tournament I love and where I have great memories from fans, the night matches, so many things…
“Not much more I can do right now, other than accept the situation and, as always in my case, work hard in order to be able to compete at the highest level once I am back.”
Nadal’s withdrawal means Briton Andy Murray is now set to be seeded eighth for the tournament which starts on August 25.
Djokovic will be the top seed with five-time winner Roger Federer – the champion in Cincinnati on Sunday – second.