Rafal Nadal gave a press conference in Barcelona, Spain a short time ago to announce his withdrawal from the Davis Cup final.
From the AP:
Rafael Nadal will miss Spain’s Davis Cup final against Argentina because of a knee injury.
The top-ranked Nadal said Monday he was still struggling with tendinitis in his right knee following a week of treatment.
“The knee said no,” the 22-year-old said.
Spain team doctor Angel Ruiz-Cotorro said Nadal would need three to six weeks to recover from the injury.
“These are very difficult moments, but I have done all that I could to be ready for the final,” he said. “It was a huge objective, and I’m used to playing with pain, but this is a distinct, new pain that I couldn’t control.”
Nadal’s absence deals a big blow to Spain’s bid for a third Davis Cup title since 2000. Spain captain Emilio Sanchez Vicario has until Tuesday to name his team.
Spain plays Argentina on indoor hard court at Mar del Plata from Nov. 21-23.
You know the season's too long when the world number one player has to pull out of a much-anticipated Davis Cup final. A final that was so important to him he actually pulled out of Paris AMS in order to better prepare.
Argentina couldn't have asked for a better gift.