Nadal puts end to 2016 sea­son be­cause of left wrist in­jury

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Rafael Nadal is cut­ting short his 2016 sea­son so he can fully re­cover from a left wrist in­jury.

The 14-time Grand Slam cham­pion said yes­ter­day he is still both­ered by the in­jury that kept him out of ac­tion for more than two months this sea­son and wants to treat it prop­erly be­fore com­ing back in 2017.

“Now it is time to rest and start pre­par­ing in­ten­sively (for) the 2017 sea­son,” the 30-year-old Spa­niard said in a state­ment.

Nadal said he will miss in­door tour­na­ments in Basel, Switzer­land, next week and Paris next month. He is also ruled out of the sea­son-end­ing ATP Fi­nals in Lon­don next month.

Nadal said he forced his re­cov­ery to be able to play in the Rio de Janeiro Olympics and that caused him to be in pain in ev­ery tour­na­ment since then.

Nadal has slipped to No. 6 in the rank­ings. He won back-to­back clay-court ti­tles in Barcelona and Monte Carlo last spring but has not won any tour­na­ments since then.

The state­ment said the orig­i­nal in­jury healed prop­erly but the pain in the wrist area kept both­er­ing him and kept him from per­form­ing at 100 per­cent.

“It is no se­cret that I ar­rived to the Olympic Games short of prepa­ra­tion and not fully re­cov­ered, but the goal was to com­pete and win a medal for Spain,” he said. “This forced re­cov­ery has caused me pain since then and now I am forced to stop and start pre­par­ing the 2017 sea­son.”

Nadal won the dou­bles gold medal in Rio. He lost in the sin­gles semi­fi­nals and also in the third-place match.

The in­jury had forced Nadal to with­draw from the French Open be­fore the third round and skip Wim­ble­don al­to­gether.

“I am very sad­dened for not be­ing able to play next week in Basel since I have a great mem­ory of the tour­na­ment and the fi­nal played against Roger Fed­erer last year,” he said. “I won’t be able to com­pete ei­ther in Paris-Bercy, where the crowds and the staff have al­ways treated me so well.”

Clau­dio Bravo was given march­ing or­ders against Barcelona Photo: AP

Nadal is still suf­fer­ing from an in­jury in his left wrist Photo: AP

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