(NEW YORK) -- 2013 U.S. Open champion Rafael Nadal will not be defending his title next week. Nadal announced on Monday that he's withdrawing from the tournament due to a wrist injury.
"I am very sorry to announce I won't be able to play at this year's US Open -- a tournament on which I've played 3 consecutive finals in my last participations," Nadal said in a statement. "I am sure you understand that it is a very tough moment for me since it is a tournament I love and where I have great memories from fans, the night matches, so many things."
"Not much more I can do right now, other than accept the situation and, as always in my case, work hard in order to be able to compete at the highest level once I am back," the statement continued.
Nadal defeated Novak Djokovic at the French Open in June, but lost in the fourth round at Wimbledon.
The 14-time Grand Slam champion is 44-8 with four titles in 2014.
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