World No.2 and 19-time major winner Rafa Nadal has unfortunately announced that he must withdraw from the 2019 Rolex Shanghai Masters due to injury.
Rafa sent a message to Tournament Director Michael Luevano overnight saying that the wrist injury he recently sustained is still not 100%.
Rafa Nadal said: “Hi all, I am very sad to announce that I won’t be able to play in Shanghai this year. It is the second year in a row and in China I have great fans. The tournament is amazing and the city one of the most special places around the world.
“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 for this amazing event. I hope to be back in Shanghai for the 2020 tournament.”
Michael Luevano has messaged Rafa expressing his and the tournament’s best wishes for a speedy recovery.
Mr. Luevano said: “We will obviously miss not having Rafa here at the Rolex Shanghai Masters. He has been an incredible supporter of the tournament and of tennis in China. He gives so much when he is on the court and his toughness knows no bounds like in 2014 when he played the tournament while suffering appendicitis.
“It should go without saying that on behalf of everyone at the Rolex Shanghai Masters we hope the left wrist mends fully and he is back on tour very soon, continuing to enthral fans with his tennis.
“Also, on a personal note, as well as speaking for the entire family at the Rolex Shanghai Masters, we wish Rafa and his fiancé Maria Francisca all the very best for their up-coming wedding.
“Rafa’s legions of fans in Shanghai and China look forward to welcoming him back in 2020.”