Rafael Nadal pulls out of Rogers Cup 2014 due to wrist injury

National Post | Sports

TORONTO — A wrist injury will prevent Rafael Nadal from defending his title at next week’s Rogers Cup in Toronto.

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The second-ranked player in the world withdrew Tuesday from the tournament as well as the following tournament in Cincinnati, another key U.S. Open prep event.

Nadal suffered the injury to his right wrist in practice Tuesday.

He won last year’s Rogers Cup in Montreal.

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“Coming to Toronto is always one of the highlights of my season so I’m very disappointed that I can’t play there this year,” Nadal said in a statement released by Tennis Canada. “I was planning on coming to Toronto and did everything I could to be ready but I still need some more time to recover.”

Nadal is left-handed, but the 28-year-old uses a two-handed backhand. In a statement, he…

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