(CNN)Rafael Nadal announced connected Friday that helium volition miss the remainder of the 2021 play with a ft wounded and volition truthful instrumentality nary portion successful this month's US Open -- the last tennis expansive slam of the year.
In a connection posted connected societal media, the satellite No. 4 said helium had been suffering "much much than I should" with a ft injury, adding that the determination to extremity his 2021 play was "the mode guardant to retrieve and retrieve well."
The Spaniard, who has a record-equaling 20 expansive slam titles to his name, announced successful June that helium wouldn't beryllium taking portion astatine Wimbledon and the Tokyo Olympics, saying helium wanted to "prolong my vocation and proceed to bash what makes maine happy."
Nadal's past outing connected a tennis tribunal was astatine the Citi Open successful Washington DC earlier successful August wherever helium suffered a daze nonaccomplishment successful the circular of 16 to South Africa's Lloyd Harris.
His announcement comes conscionable days aft Roger Federer said helium would besides miss the US Open to acquisition different genu country which volition sideline him for "many months."
Defending champion Dominic Thiem besides pulled retired of Flushing Meadows and volition miss the remainder of the play citing a wrist injury.
The 27-year-old prima said connected Wednesday that helium hasn't recovered from the wounded helium sustained astatine the Mallorca Open successful June, which was the past tourney helium played earlier withdrawing from Wimbledon and the Tokyo Olympics earlier this summer.
In the lack of Nadal, Federer and Thiem, the roadworthy looks smoother for Djokovic arsenic helium aims to assertion a memorable calendar slam -- winning each 4 expansive slams successful the aforesaid calendar year.
The Serbian, who is besides seeking a record-breaking 21st expansive slam singles title, failed successful his hunt for a historical aureate slam successful men's tennis astatine the Tokyo 2020 Olympics -- winning each 4 expansive slams and an Olympic golden medal successful the aforesaid 12 months -- losing successful the semifinals.
If helium was to triumph successful New York, helium would go the archetypal subordinate successful men's singles tennis to implicit a calendar slam since Rod Laver did it a 2nd clip successful 1969.
This year's US Open is scheduled to commencement connected August 30 and runs done September 12 successful New York.