Rafael Nadal withdraws from Laver Cup due to ‘personal reasons’
Rafael Nadal withdrew from the Laver Cup on Wednesday due to “personal reasons”, the player’s official spokesman indicated.
Nadal withdrew to avoid a possible conflict of schedule with the tournament, which will not be played this year in his home country of Spain for the first time in its 25-year history. Laver Cup is an invitational tournament, open to players ranked in the ATP and WTA tours, which he won two years ago.
“After receiving an email from Rafael, we immediately informed him that we were withdrawing from the Laver Cup due to personal reasons,” Nadal’s spokesperson, Marcos Villegas, said in a statement, explaining the decision.
The Laver Cup is an invitational tournament, open to players ranked in the ATP and WTA tours.
Nadal will now “considerate how to proceed in order to decide if he will attend the Laver Cup, although he has made it clear that he will not come to America after not being able to recover from his injury at the start of the year,” Villegas said.
Nadal withdrew from the event citing an unknown personal reason. An email to the player was sent by the Laver Cup, the tournament’s organizers, on Wednesday, following which he notified the French court of his withdrawal.
Nadal will now “considerate how to proceed in order to decide if he will attend the Laver Cup,” the statement said, adding that he will visit his home country, Spain, next week to prepare for the ATP events in that country.
The Laver Cup is an invitational tournament, open to players ranked in the ATP and WTA tours. It is scheduled for the first week of January. Laver Cup replaces the WTA Elite Trophy, which was cancelled after one of its tournaments was cancelled in 2015 over security concerns.
The tournament was also cancelled in 2002, 2003, 2014 and