ATP Finals: Rafael Nadal tweets after ankle surgery

ATP Finals: Rafael Nadal tweets after ankle surgery

And Nadal was not able to recover to play the season-ending ATP Finals, opting to undergo surgery on a long-standing ankle problem in order to rehabilitate before 2019. I played at a very high level when I was able to compete, but at the same time it was very bad as far as injuries are concerned.

Meanwhile, Kei Nishikori has been drafted into the tournament following the withdrawal of Juan Martin del Potro due to a right knee injury.

The 31-year-old, who was knocked off the No. 1 spot by Serbia's Novak Djokovic Monday, will be replaced by American John Isner at the November 11-18 event at London's O2 Arena.

Rafa Nadal will not take part in the ATP Finals and waves goodbye to the rest of the season. Unfortunately, I had an abdominal problem in Paris last week and I also have a foreign body in the ankle joint that has to be removed through surgery.

Abdominal problems had seen Nadal pull out of the Paris Masters last week and while they continued to hinder him, the Spaniard also revealed he needed an operation to remove a "free body" from his ankle.

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"An arthroscopy will be practiced to remove it and be able to be in flawless conditions for the beginning of next season", Nadal's doctor Angel Ruiz-Cotorro, of Clnica Mapfre de Medicina del Tenis, said in the statement.

And Novak Djokovic, who is now guaranteed to finish the year in place of number 1 in the world that only Rafael Nadal could contest it.

" Five months ago, if you told me that, I would be - I always believe in myself, but it was highly improbable at that time considering my ranking and the way I played and felt on the court."

The left-hander excels on the dirt and has won a staggering 11 French Open titles.

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