The third day of 2019 Laver Cup will be shorn of Rafael Nadal after he pulled out of the competition because of a wrist injury.
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Nadal, who was earlier shown to have a strapping on his wrist as he watched on the previous matches from bench, expectedly wasn’t in shape to play on successive days and decided to opt out. Replacements were announced by the Team Europe and passed on to the tournament organisers.
In the singles draw, Nadal will be replaced by Dominic Thiem who will now take on Nick Kyrgios. This will rob the fans of a chance to watch the Spaniard go up against Nick Kyrgios, an Aussie with whom he shares a bitter on and off court rivalry.
“I’ve had an amazing time playing here at the Laver Cup and I’m so disappointed I’m not able to play again today, but I have some inflammation in my hand and I need to rest.
— Laver Cup (@LaverCup) September 22, 2019
However, what might be worse for fans is the loss of a chance to watch Nadal combine with Roger Federer in their doubles tie against the pairing of John Isner and Jack Sock. Nadal will be replaced by Stefanos Tsitsipas, who now partner Federer in this one.
Laver Cup’s official handle announced the following:
“Following consultation with the Laver Cup competition doctor Rafael Nadal has withdrawn from his matches today due to a wrist injury.”
“Under the Laver Cup rules the referee was notified and Team Europe captain Bjorn Borg has substituted Stefanos Tsitsipas in the doubles match with Roger Federer and Dominic Thiem will compete against Nick Kyrgios in the singles match.”
“Team World captain John McEnroe was notified immediately of the changes.”
There was speculation around Nadal’s wrist and when asked by the broadcasting host Mark Petchey about this, Nadal had said he hoped he would be find by Sunday. He alluded to the effort he had to make during his US Open win earlier this month having taken its toll on his body.
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