And it looks like Andy Roddick is out too…more on Nadal’s exit in a future post.
Rafael Nadal and captain Emilio Sanchez have decided to leave the second-ranked player in the world out of Spain’s Davis Cup team in order to avoid further aggravating an existing foot injury.
The quarter-final match-up between Spain and the United States is set for April 6-8 at the Lawrence Joel Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.
“Emilio and I were analysing the situation and we have jointly decided that it is better for the team if I don’t play in this Davis Cup tie against the USA,” Nadal said on his website.
“The fact is that I’m carrying a pain in my foot that I injured which is aggravating me, and we don’t think I could manage another week playing on hard court.
“For me, Davis Cup is the most important competition as I represent Spain, my whole country, and it’s because of this that I can’t play in the tie. I can’t go and not be at 100% because I would be deceiving the fans and my team-mates.”