Rafael Nadal pulls out of U.S. Open

Knee injury has kept Spaniard out since Wimbledon

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Shortly after that loss, Nadal canceled a scheduled charity match against Djokovic in Spain, citing tendon problems in his left knee. He also pulled out of the hard-court warm-up tournaments in Toronto and Cincinnati.

The two-week U.S. Open begins play Aug. 27.

“Rafa has informed us that he will not be ready to compete at the U.S. Open this year and has withdrawn from the tournament,” tournament director David Brewer said in a statement issued Wednesday. “We hope to see him back on the court soon and look forward to his return to New York next year.”

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AP Tennis Writer Howard Fendrich in Washington and AP Sports Writer Joe Kay in Mason, Ohio, contributed to this report.

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