Nadal pulls out of Shanghai Masters with wrist injury
Rafael Nadal has pulled out of the Shanghai Masters with a wrist injury. The Spaniard announced the news via a statement.
The 33-year-old, who claimed his 19th Grand Slam title at this year's US Open, said that he had not had enough time to practise sufficiently due to inflammation in his left wrist.
Rafael Nadal has pulled out of the Shanghai MastersGetty Images
However, his withdrawal will improve rival Novak Djokovic’s chances of finishing as the year-end World No 1.
"I am very sad to announce that I won't be able to play in Shanghai this year,” Nadal said in a statement.
“It is the second year in a row and in China I have great fans.
"But, as you all probably know, I had an inflammation on my left wrist during the Laver Cup and I haven't had the time to recover and practice to be ready... I hope to be back in Shanghai for the 2020 tournament."
Nadal is next scheduled to take part at the Rolex Paris Masters.