An­kle surgery takes out Nadal

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LON­DON – Rafael Nadal has pulled out of next week’s ATP Tour Fi­nals in Lon­don due to in­jury, so No­vak Djokovic will end the year as world No. 1 hav­ing re­turned to the top of the rank­ings yes­ter­day.

French Open cham­pion Nadal an­nounced that an ab­dom­i­nal mus­cle prob­lem, which pre­vented him from play­ing in the Paris Masters last week, and an­kle surgery had forced him to pull out of the sea­son-end­ing event.

“Un­for­tu­nately, I had the ab­dom­i­nal prob­lem in Paris last week and I also have an is­sue in the an­kle joint that has to be re­moved in the op­er­at­ing room to­day,” the 17-times Grand Slam win­ner wrote on Twit­ter.

“This way, I hope to be in full con­di­tion for next sea­son.”

Amer­i­can John Is­ner will take the 32-year-old’s place in Lon­don when the fi­nals get un­der way on Sun­day.

Spaniard Nadal’s with­drawal in Paris meant Djokovic re­turned to the top of the world rank­ings. The Ser­bian will be­come the first player since ATP rank­ings were in­tro­duced in 1973 to end the year at num­ber one hav­ing been out­side the top 20 dur­ing the same sea­son.

JOSH BURKE has qual­i­fied for the World Surf League QS 10000. BARBADIAN Josh Burke has qual­i­fied into the World Surf League (WSL) QS 10000 to be held at Haliewa on the North Shore of Oahu is­land from Novem­ber 12 to 24.

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