Nadal to sit out rest of 2016


Rafael Nadal has confirmed he will miss the rest of the 2016 season in order to fully recover from the wrist injury that has plagued him this year.

Nadal was forced to withdraw from the French Open - a tournament he has won nine times - in June due to the problem and subsequently missed Wimbledon.

The former world number one was able to represent Spain at the Rio 2016 Olympics, claiming a gold medal in the men's doubles alongside Marc Lopez after his bid to win the singles had been ended at the semi-final stage by Juan Martin Del Potro.

However, Nadal remained troubled by his injured left wrist and bowed out of the US Open at the last-16 stage before also failing to reach the latter stages of tournaments in Beijing and Shanghai this month.

In a statement on his official Facebook page, Nadal explained his reasons for now focusing on 2017 - a decision that will see him miss the Swiss Indoors Basel, Paris Masters and season-ending World Tour Finals in London.

"It is no secret that I arrived to the Olympic Games short of preparation and not fully recovered, but the goal was to compete and win a medal for Spain," wrote the 30-year-old.

"This forced recovery has caused me pain since then and now I am forced to stop and start preparing [for] the 2017 season.

"I am very saddened for not being able to play next week in Basel since I have a great memory of the tournament and the final played against Roger Federer last year.

"I won't be able to compete either in Paris-Bercy, where the crowds and the FFT staff have always treated me so well.

"Now it is time to rest and start preparing intensively [for] the 2017 season."