Rafael Nadal to miss US Open due to knee injury

Updated: Aug 15, 2012, 22:18 PM IST

Zeenews Sports Bureau

New York: Seven-time French Open champion Rafael Nadal on Wednesday withdrew from US Open, the last Grand Slam tennis tournament of the year because of injury.

Notbaly the Spaniard hasn`t played a match since June 28, when he was upset in the second round of Wimbledon by 100th-ranked Lukas Rosol.

Nadal also pulled out of the London Olympics and a hard-court tuneup tournament in Cincinnati.

The Spaniard won the 2010 US Open to complete a career Grand Slam and was the runner-up to Novak Djokovic last year.

US Open tournament director David Brewer says in a statement Tuesday: "Rafa has informed us that he will not be ready to compete at the US Open this year."

The US open will kick-off at Flushing Meadows on August 27.