Rafael Nadal said on Monday that he will miss the ATP final tournament in London due to an abdominal injury and will take advantage of his absence from the tennis circuit until 2019 to undergo surgery on his ankle due to a long-standing discomfort.
“I have a free body in the ankle joint that has to be removed in surgery today,” Nadal said on his Twitter account.
“Since the problem in the abdominal muscle also prevents me from playing in London, we seized the moment to remove the free body and avoid future problems,” said Nadal.
“In this way, I hope to be in full condition for next season,” he added.
Spaniard Nadal’s withdrawal in Paris meant Djokovic returned to the top of the world rankings.
The Serbian will now become the first player since ATP rankings were introduced in 1973 to end the year at number one having started it outside the top 20.
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