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

(Newser) – It's been a rough summer for Rafael Nadal: The US Open says the tennis player has withdrawn from the last Grand Slam tournament of the year because of injury.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.

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)
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