Rafael Nadal withdrew from the Laver Cup on Saturday due to personal reasons, his spokesman confirmed to ESPN.
The Spaniard partnered Roger Federer in his last-ever professional match in Friday’s Europe-the-World team competition in London, losing to Jack Sock and Frances Tiafoe in a deciding match tiebreak.
Nadal, 36, has been struggling with an abdominal injury for most of the summer. The pain caused him to withdraw ahead of his semi-final at Wimbledon, and he then struggled further with it after losing in the fourth round of the US Open.
In the early hours of Saturday morning, after a joint press conference with Federer, Nadal told Spanish reporters at London’s O2 Arena that he had to return home.
“I’m not good, I’m not good,” said Nadal. “The truth is these have been difficult weeks in that sense. Few, very few hours of sleep, a bit of stress in general, a little more difficult situations than usual at home.
“As a result, I’ve had to deal with all of this, which is a different kind of pressure than what you’re used to from your professional life. But fortunately everything is fine and we are much calmer. And in that sense, I was able to come here, which was the most important thing for me.”
Nadal won the Australian Open in January and then won the French Open for the 14th time to bring his Grand Slam tally to a record 22 titles.
https://www.espn.com/tennis/story/_/id/34655147/rafael-nadal-withdraws-laver-cup-personal-reasons Rafael Nadal withdraws from Laver Cup for personal reasons