Posted August 15, 2012 on AP on Fox

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 24: Rafael Nadal of Spain plays a backhand in his fourth round match against Ivo Karlovic of Croatia during day seven of the 2010 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 24, 2010 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)
The U.S. Open says that Rafael Nadal has withdrawn from the last Grand Slam tennis tournament of the year because of injury. Citing left knee tendinitis, the third-ranked Nadal 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 U.S. Open to complete a career Grand Slam and was the runner-up to Novak Djokovic last year. U.S. Open tournament director David Brewer says in a statement Tuesday: ''Rafa has informed us that he will not be ready to compete at the U.S. Open this year.'' Play begins at Flushing Meadows on Aug. 27.
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