Rafael Nadal will not play in the Davis Cup by BNP Paribas semifinal against the USA due to the injuries that have kept him out of the Olympic Games and the US Open.
The Spaniard has a partial tear of the patella tendon at the distal pole of the patella plus an inflammation of the Hoffa’s fat pad of his left knee and will not be playing any tennis for the next two months.
“I have missed the Olympics and the US Open in the last few weeks, two of the most important tournaments of the year and that I really wanted to play” Nadal said, “I really want to be back competing and enjoying the tennis tour, but I have many years in front of me and my knee needs some rest. I will be back when I have no pain and able to compete with guarantee.”
The world No. 3 has been receiving medical treatment consisting of specific medication, physical therapy and a progressive program of rehabilitation and muscular potentiation.
Nadal sounded upbeat when talking about his injury and will not have to have major surgery on his knee. “I feel better after the meeting with my doctors and happy knowing that the evolution of the past weeks has been positive and surgery has been avoided. I will continue to work with the plan my doctors have established to be able to compete as soon as possible in the right conditions.”
The Mallorcan was quick to thank all of his fans and everyone giving him support. “I would also like to thanks all for the support I’m receiving these days.”
The Davis Cup semifinal between Spain and USA will take place at the Parque Hermanos Castro in Gijon from 14 to 16 September.