Rafael Nadal withdraws from the Laver Cup for ‘personal reasons’

Rafael Nadal withdrew from the remainder of the Laver Cup on Saturday morning for “personal reasons”, his An ESPN spokesperson confirmed.

The official decision comes after Nadal hinted at his withdrawal after the emotional doubles match on Friday night alongside Roger Federer, in the last match of Federer’s career. The duo lost in a tiebreak to Jack Sock and Frances Tiafoe, but provided a number of memorable moments throughout the evening, including a passionate post-match hug.

After a joint press conference with Federer, in which he spoke glowingly about his longtime rival, Nadal met with Spanish reporters at the O2 Arena in London and told them he needed to go home.

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