Rafael Nadal to skip tournaments in Asia because of bad knee

Knee injury forces Rafa Nadal to sit out of Asian Tournaments

Rafael Nadal says he will not play in upcoming tournaments in Beijing and Shanghai because of an injured right knee.

And Nadal wrote on Twitter on Wednesday: "This past Monday I was in Barcelona looking with the doctors at the situation of my knee".

"Although this knee pain is nothing new to me, we have decided together my medical and technical team that I won't be playing the Asian swing in Beijing and Shanghai".

"I regret not being able to be with all the many fans in China and with the organisers of the Beijing and Shanghai tournaments who have always been so kind to me and my team".

The Spaniard, 32, has decided not to play the China Open in Beijing - scheduled for the first week of October - or the Shanghai Masters a week later, leaving the door open for Novak Djokovic to move top of the world rankings by the end of the year.


He won the event in 2005, before it was upgraded to an ATP 500 event, and was runner-up in both 2013 and 2015.

Nadal retired from his US Open semi-final against Juan Martín del Potro last month with the issue and subsequently pulled out of representing Spain in the Davis Cup semi-finals.

After visiting the doctor in Barcelona, Rafa made a decision to skip the Asian swing where he won 1100 points 12 months ago after lifting the trophy in Beijing and finishing runner-up in Shanghai and this means that Novak Djokovic is the favorite to finish the season as the year-end number 1 despite winning just six matches prior to Rome!

He also reached the quarter-finals of the Australian Open this year, as well as the semi-finals at Wimbledon.

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