Monday, July 29, 2013

Nadal May End Up Skipping Cincinnati

(July 29, 2013)--According to this piece, written by Joan Solsona of Marca.com, Rafael Nadal is more wait-and-see than definite for this summer's Masters 1000 event in Cincinnati.

The piece alludes to the fact that Nadal may be dealing with an injury to his left elbow as well as his well-documented issues with left knee tendinitis. Here is a translated segment of the piece, provided by Nadal News.

"About a week ago, Rafael Nadal thought it would be very difficult to participate in both Masters 1000 in Montreal and Cincinnati. The idea was to choose one of the two to not jeopardize his participation in the U.S. Open, the last Grand Slam of the season that starts on August 26 in the courts of Flushing Meadows. The reason was the left knee tendinitis and elbow of the left arm with which he left Wimbledon, where he lost in the first round against Steve Darcis."


Doesn't sound like anything out of the ordinary here. Nadal will likely be very conservative with his scheduling for the rest of his career on surfaces other than clay (and even that too). But the worrisome part is that the elbow may be a problem. More will likely be known about the elbow in Montreal, if Nadal is willing to speak of it. Nadal did mention having difficulties with the left elbow at Roland Garros this year, and he has had other flare-ups in the past, specifically at Wimbledon in 2010.

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