Rafael Nadal withdraws from Laver Cup for personal reasons

Rafael Nadal withdrew from the Laver Cup on Saturday for personal reasons, his press spokesman confirmed to ESPN.

The Spaniard teamed up with Roger Federer in his last ever professional match in the team competition between Europe and the rest of the world in London on Friday, losing in a decisive tiebreak to Jack Sock and Frances Tiafoe.

Nadal, 36, has been battling a stomach injury for much of the summer. The pain caused him to withdraw from his Wimbledon semi-final and then got into more trouble after losing the fourth round of the US Open.

In the early hours of the morning, after a joint press conference with Federer, Nadal told Spanish reporters at London’s O2 Arena that he had to go home.

“I’m not good, I’m not good,” Nadal said. “The truth is that these were difficult weeks in that sense. Few, very few hours of sleep, a little stress in general, slightly more difficult situations than usual at home.

“As a result, well, I’ve been dealing with all that, which is a different pressure than you’re used to in your professional life. Anyway, luckily everything is fine and we’re much calmer. And in that sense I being able to get here, which was the most important thing to me.”

Nadal won the Australian Open in January and then won the French Open for the 14th time to take his Grand Slam tally to a record 22 titles.

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