Rafael Nadal Withdraws From 2018 Tournament

Rafael Nadal has withdrawn from the 2018 Western & Southern Open citing personal reasons. 
 
Nadal released the following statement:
 
"I am very sorry to announce that I won’t be playing in Cincinnati this year. No other reason than personally taking care of my body and trying to keep as healthy as I feel now. 
 
"I am very thankful to my friend Andre Silva, Tournament Director of the Cincinnati tournament, who after speaking to him on the phone understood what I said to him and understands the situation. I am sure the tournament will be a success and I wish him and his team all the best.
 
"I am also sad for those amazing fans in Cincy who always gave me great support. I am sure I’ll see them next year and I am sorry I won’t be with them this year.
 
"Thanks for all the support as always."
 
Nadal, who was the top seed, will be replaced in the draw by a lucky loser.
 

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