Positive signs for Rafael Nadal over ATP Finals participation

Rafael Nadal waving

World No 1 Rafael Nadal has given a positive update about competing at next week’s ATP Finals, saying he will travel to London.

The 19-time Grand Slam winner, who returned to the top of the world rankings on Monday, is once again under an injury cloud after he was forced to withdraw from last week’s Paris Masters semi-final against Denis Shapovalov due to injury.

Nadal had admitted earlier this week that he doesn’t want to take any unnecessary risks and aggravate the injury, but a scan has confirmed that it is just a “small strain”.

“Yesterday I had a scan in Mallorca and despite having a small strain in my right abdominal, I will travel to London,” he said on Twitter.

“On Thursday or Friday I will start training on my serve and my aim is to be able to play the ATP Finals in London. Thanks for your support.”

The ATP Finals runs from November 10-17 at the O2 Arena is set to feature alongside Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer, Daniil Medvedev, Dominic Thiem, Stefanos Tsitsipas, Alexander Zverev and Matteo Berrettini.

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