Rafael Nadal withdraws from Laver Cup indefinitely

Rafael Nadal withdraws from Laver Cup due to ‘personal reasons’ – What happens next?

Rafael Nadal has withdrawn from the Laver Cup in South Africa indefinitely as he fights to recover from a shoulder injury.

The world number one, who was due to play on the Centre Court of Melbourne Park on Wednesday evening, said in a message sent to his Twitter followers that he felt he had ‘tried everything’.

The 34-year-old, who has not officially announced whether he will be returning to competition next year, thanked his team and’my very good and supportive people’.

World number one Rafael Nadal (C) says he has suffered ‘great pain’ in a shoulder injury but will stay in Australia to fight to recover from a condition

Nadal told reporters in Australia that he feels ‘like an old man in the sense that I can’t do anything now’.

‘I couldn’t do a lot of things,’ he admitted. ‘I just felt a little bit strange the day before the tournament when I was practising. I was feeling good and practising a lot.

‘Then I went to Australia for two weeks, then we were going to have a physical. I had it checked and everything, and came back here.

‘I didn’t feel good at all. I was struggling. I felt like I was in a bad mood, and I couldn’t train. That’s when I had to pull out. I tried everything, but I couldn’t do the things I wanted to do.’

Nadal, who said he was also battling a knee issue, said the shoulder injury did not make it easier to win.

He added: ‘When you have an injury like that you are more careful and have to take it a little bit more seriously.

‘I was very lucky. I had this injury on the court many years ago. I had a lot of problems with my knee, I broke three ligaments.

‘I got two big surgeries and I was working for 12 years and my body was telling me to retire, and I wasn’t listening. I worked, and I kept working,

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