Spanish tennis star Rafael Nadal has canceled his participation in the Masters tournament in Montreal, which begins on Monday.

    The 36-year-old world number three gave health reasons for not starting on social media. Already at the grass classic in Wimbledon he had not been able to compete in the semi-finals due to an abdominal muscle injury.

    “Four days ago I also started serving training and yesterday after training I had a little discomfort that was still there today,” wrote the 22-time Grand Slam winner on Twitter about his cancellation for Montreal. Nadal has already won the tournament in the Canadian city five times. The event is also seen as preparation for the US Open in New York, the last Grand Slam tournament of the season, from August 29th to September 11th.

    Wimbledon winner Novak Djokovic will also be missing, which was expected. The 35-year-old is not allowed to enter Canada because he has not been vaccinated against the corona virus. The 21-time Grand Slam tournament winner withdrew his participation, as the organizers announced on Thursday.