Rafael Nadal Pulls Out of US Open
Injury will keep him from playing in year's last Grand Slam tournament
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Aug 15, 2012 11:13 AM CDT
This Sept. 12, 2011 file photo shows Rafael Nadal of Spain reacting during the championship match at the US Open tennis tournament in New York.   (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

(Newser) – It's been a rough summer for Rafael Nadal: The US Open says the tennis player has withdrawn from the last Grand Slam tournament of the year because of injury. Citing left knee tendinitis, the third-ranked Nadal hasn't played a match since June 28, when he was upset in the second round of Wimbledon by 100th-ranked Lukas Rosol. Nadal also pulled out of the London Olympics and a hard-court tuneup tournament in Cincinnati. The Spaniard won the 2010 US Open to complete a career Grand Slam and was the runner-up to Novak Djokovic last year.