31 Jul 2014

Nadal in doubt for US Open

7:02 pm on 31 July 2014

The Spanish tennis star Rafa Nadal will miss two US Open tune-up events due to a wrist injury that has put his status in doubt for a title defence at the year's final grand slam.

Nadal, who suffered the injury during practice, will have to wear a cast on his right wrist for two to three weeks, forcing him to withdraw from next week's Rogers Cup in Toronto and the following week's Cincinnati Open.

The world number two, who won the Canadian and Cincinnati titles last year, felt pain during practice in Mallorca and tests later revealed the injury.

The injury will delay Nadal's start to the North American hardcourt season and his preparations for the Open in Flushing Meadows which starts at the end of August.