For Rafael Nadal, Skipping US Open is Best Option Available

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By Lou Imperial | August 14, 2014 8:49 PM EST

Former world's no.1 Rafael Nadal is in a limbo of skipping the US Open championship because of his injured right wrist.

Nadal, who's the defending champion of the hard-court tournament in Flushing Meadows, revealed that he might decide on his participation in the upcoming Grand Slam tourney on Saturday.

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Rafael Nadal of Spain hits a return during his men's singles tennis match against Nick Kyrgios of Australia at the Wimbledon Tennis Championships, in London July 1, 2014.

However, there are already rumors circulating that Nadal will eventually decide against competing in the tournament to give his injury more time to recover. Then again, this speculation was immediately downplayed by the Spaniard in his latest interview.

"My dream is being there and I will work for it. If it has healed I'll have to try and see how I feel when I train and Friday or at latest Saturday a decision will be made. Time is short and we'll have to wait and see if it is enough or not," Nadal told the press in an event in Monacar on Monday via Tennis World Today.

Throughout his career, Nadal has been known for his resilience and never-say-die attitude. These characteristics apart from his evolving game set him apart from his contemporaries, allowing him to thrive in almost all kinds of situations.

Last year, Nadal showed to the world that he could still play at an elite level after coming off a seven-month layoff due to a knee injury. Dubbed as the comeback of the century, the Mallorcan Bull ripped through the competition to bag 10 ATP titles - including the French Open and the US Open championships.

Again, Nadal's tenacity was on full display that season, dominating the clay and hard court season in such superb fashion. However, no one would notice that Nadal once took a step back to recuperate from a nagging injury. Obviously, taking an off from the sport or even withdrawing from a major tournament doesn't belong to Rafa's playbook. Then again, the Spaniard did such difficult decision to prolong his tennis career.

In his current situation, the best decision for Nadal remains to withdraw from the US Open championship. Although missing in the final slam of the year would hurt his bid to retain the top ranking in the ATP tour, Nadal has to do it for him to avoid further damage in the detached ligaments of his right wrist.

Moreover, taking a lengthy respite could bode well for him in the upcoming Asian circuit of the ATP tour and the ATP World Tour finals, where more points are at stake. A well-rested Nadal would surely be unstoppable against Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray and Roger Federer, who all admitted enduring fatigue in the final stretch of the ATP season.

Sometimes, tenacity should be tampered with wise decision. And for Nadal, there's no wiser decision than to take a break and return 100 percent healthy.

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Rafael Nadal of Spain hits a return during his men's singles tennis match against Nick Kyrgios of Australia at the Wimbledon Tennis Championships, in London July 1, 2014.
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