Tennis-Nadal skips Davis Cup tie v US, blasts schedule


Mon, 27 Jun 15:53:00 2011

* Nadal to rest and prepare for U . S . Open

* Spain call up Granollers as replacement (adds Spain team for Davis Cup)

Rafa Nadal will miss Spain's Davis Cup clash with the United States next month to rest, complaining the tournament risked losing its prestige due to "inconsiderate" scheduling.

Spain captain Albert Costa instead called up Marcel Granollers as a replacement on Monday, the world's 48th ranked player joining David Ferrer, Feliciano Lopez and Fernando Verdasco in the side.

"I won't be there. The priority is to be healthy and I have to stop," the world number one told sports daily AS on Monday.

"I can't be everywhere. After finishing the first part of the season I need to rest. I need 15 to 20 days to be in good shape for the second half of the season.

"I should have a check-up on my knees, and see how everything is going with the treatment we did, which is what has allowed me to carry on. The idea is to do what I did in 2010 to arrive the same or even better prepared for the U.S. Open."

Nadal, who is defending his Wimbledon title in London at present, went on to criticise the hectic tennis schedule.

"The International Tennis Federation (ITF) continues to get it wrong by insisting with the format and calendar for the Davis Cup," he said.

"There is zero consideration towards us, the players. If the best players don't attend, the competition loses prestige. The ITF should ask themselves why this happens."

Spain, the four-times Davis Cup winners, play the United States in a World Group quarter-final in Austin, Texas on July 8-10. The U.S. Open runs from Aug. 29 to Sept. 11.


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