Rafael Nadal will not play competitive tennis for the rest of the season, sidelined with an ongoing left foot injury that has been bothered him since June. Instead of competing in Cincinnati or preparing for the US Open, Nadal plays his second-favorite sport, golf, this weekend, entering the 2021 Balearic Golf Championship in the Over-25 category. Competing in Son Mantuner, Nadal finished the opening day ninth and last if we do not apply handicap. Rafa will try to improve his result tomorrow, although he tries to enjoy himself with his friends and leave his foot issues behind. For the third time in a career and the second in four years, Rafa will not play in the last part of the season after the US Open, struggling with injuries since the season’s opening weeks and failing to win a Major for the first time since 2016. Nadal had to postpone the start of the season due to a back injury, skipping the ATP Cup before reaching the Australian Open quarter-final and wasting a massive advantage over Stefanos Tsitsipas.
Rafael Nadal plays the 2021 Balearic Golf Championship this weekend.
Staying away from the court in March, the Spaniard returned on his beloved clay in Monte Carlo and lost in the quarters to Andrey Rublev, playing well below his best. In Barcelona, Rafa used his complete experience to fend off a match point versus Tsitsipas in the title clash and secure the first ATP title since the last year’s Roland Garros. Unable to repeat that in Madrid, Nadal lost in the quarters to Alexander Zverev before toppling Denis Shapovalov (from match point down), Zverev and Novak Djokovic for his 36th Masters 1000 crown in Rome.
Hoping for more at Roland Garros, the 13-time champion reached the semi-final and set Novak Djokovic clash. After four hours and 11 minutes, the Serb prevailed in four sets and left Nadal empty-handed in Paris only for the fourth year. In the fourth set, the Spaniard experienced a foot injury and had to skip the next three weeks, losing momentum and withdrawing from Wimbledon and the Olympic Games. Trying to get back, Rafa tested his foot in Washington against Jack Sock and Lloyd Harris, realizing he can not play at his best and putting the curtain over his season. Nadal will try to bounce back in 2022 and compete for notable titles again, still eager to remain competitive and extend his incredible tennis jorney.