STARNBERG, November 5, 2018
Rafael Nadal has pulled out of the Nitto ATP Finals and ended his 2018 season prematurely.
“It has been a complicated year; very good when I have been fit but difficult with injuries,” Nadal stated via social media.
“I have done everything possible to get to the end of the season in good condition. I really wanted to play in both Paris and London.
“Unfortunately, I had abdominal problem in Paris last week and also required an operation on an ankle injury.
“The ankle injury has bothered me for some time but I have managed the pain. However, since the abdominal problem has prevented me from playing in London, we decided to operate on my ankle.
“This way I hope to be in top condition for next season. Thank you all for the support.”
Nadal will be replaced by World No. 10 John Isner. The US-American will make his debut at The O2 in London.