Nadal to miss US Open
Defending US Open champion Rafael Nadal is to miss this year's tournament because of injury.
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The Spaniard announced his decision not to compete at Flushing Meadows on his official Facebook page on Monday afternoon.
The 28-year-old, who also won the title in 2010, has been struggling with a wrist injury sustained in practice last month and has not played since his shock Wimbledon defeat to Nick Kyrgios in July.
The problem - a new one for Nadal to deal with after long-running battles with his knees - means he is unable to defend the title he won against Novak Djokovic last year.
"I am very sorry to announce I won't be able to play at this year's US Open a tournament on which I've played 3 consecutive finals in my last participations," Nadal wrote.
"I am sure you understand that it is a very tough moment for me since it is a tournament I love and where I have great memories from fans, the night matches, so many things...
"Not much more I can do right now, other than accept the situation and, as always in my case, work hard in order to be able to compete at the highest level once I am back."
Nadal's withdrawal means Briton Andy Murray is now set to be seeded eighth for the tournament which starts on August 25.
Djokovic will be the top seed with five-time winner Roger Federer - the champion in Cincinnati on Sunday - second.