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Nadal done for year due to wrist injury

By The Sports Xchange
Nadal done for year due to wrist injury
Rafael Nadal of Spain, pictured hitting a forehand in his 5 set defeat to Lucas Pouille of France in the 4th round of the 2016 US Open Tennis Championships, announced Thursday he will not play again in 2016 as he recovers fully from a wrist injury which has already plagued him for the last two months. File photo by John Angelillo/UPI | License Photo

Rafael Nadal took to social media on Thursday to announce that he will not play again in 2016 in a bid to fully recover from a left wrist injury.

Nadal had been sidelined by an ailing wrist for more than two months, causing him to miss Wimbledon after pulling out of the French Open prior to his third-round match.

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"It is no secret that I arrived to the Olympic Games short of preparation and not fully recovered, but the goal was to compete and win a medal for Spain. This forced recovery has caused me pain since then and now I am forced to stop and start preparing (for) the 2017 season," the 30-year-old Nadal wrote on Facebook.

"I am very saddened for not being able to play next week in Basel since I have a great memory of the tournament and the final played against Roger Federer last year. I won't be able to compete either in Paris-Bercy, where the crowds and the FFT staff have always treated me so well. Now it is time to rest and start preparing intensively the 2017 season."

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Nadal won the Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters and the Barcelona Open in 2016 and posted a 39-14 match record.

Nadal has 14 Grand Slam titles, which is tied with Pete Sampras for second most behind Federer's 17. Nadal is a record nine-time winner at Roland Garros in Paris.

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