Nadal Withdraws from Paris and World Tour Finals

Rafael Nadal at the 2012 Australian Open | Photo by Brett Marlow Melbourne Australia

Rafael Nadal is currently in the middle of rehabbing from a major knee injury, which has caused him to withdraw from tournaments since June. Rumors had been swirling that he may have been considering a return to the game before the end of the season, but now it appears those rumors are false. According to reports, Nadal has decided to pull out of both the Paris Masters, and the World Tour Finals, meaning that he will be out of action until next year. It’s a bummer that I won’t get to see Nadal’s play at the World Tour finals. Though Nadal was denied by Roger Federer last year at the Barclays World Tour Finals, it was an entertaining match to watch, and I was looking forward for his appearance this year.

Nadal confirmed this past Thursday that he would not compete in either event. He stated that,

It’s disappointing for me to miss the last two tournaments of the season in Paris and London, but it doesn’t come as a surprise. I will hopefully resume my tennis practice soon since I’m making good progress with my recovery from injury.

Nadal has fallen to #4 in the world rankings during his injury when Andy Murray won the 2012 U.S. Open, but Nadal says he is still not ready to return.

I’m not ready to compete at the highest level in time for these events so I will continue my recovery in Mallorca and work hard to be back as soon as possible.

Nadal was in line for another fantastic year after capturing his record setting seventh French Open title this year. However, he was denied by Lukas Rosol a couple of weeks later in the second round of Wimbledon, a loss that is being called the biggest upset in the history of the tournament. The match between the two players was amazing. I’ve watched the match highlights over 10 times, and I always get amazed with Rosol’s confidence and play throughout the match. As a matter of fact, I can tell which point is coming next (especially the final set) since I’ve seen it so many times.

Nadal hasn’t played ever since that loss, and then later revealed in August that he is suffering from Hoffa’s syndrome, which is basically a fat pad impingement that causes both pain and swelling under and around the bottom of the kneecap.

While Nadal continues his rehab, he can focus on his other gig, one of a poker player. Nadal signed a deal with online poker site PokerStars and is serving as a celebrity pro for the site.

Nadal could make an appearance at next year’s World Series of Poker in Las Vegas and could join the like of Kevin Pollack as celebrities that go deep in the event. While Nadal is not exactly a pro poker player, the WSOP has proven that anyone can win.

The biggest stars in poker have had trouble winning the WSOP, but amateurs like Chris Moneymaker and Jerry Yang have been able to beat the odds to take down the event. With enough practice and the right amount of luck at the right time, Nadal could find himself going for a major title in that game as well.

Nadal’s choice to pull out of the remaining events of the year is a wise one as coming back too soon could force him greater problems. With proper rehab, Nadal very likely will return and not only regain the #1 ranking but also add to his long list of grand slam titles.

Written by James Guill, Arranged and Edited by Jin.