Former world number one, Rafael Nadal has brought an early end to his season as he continues to recover from a wrist injury.
The 30-year-old was originally scheduled to compete at Swiss Indoors in Basel, the Paris Masters, and the ATP World Tour Finals in London before the end of the year, but the Spaniard has shut down his campaign for 2016 after struggling to find his best form.
Nadal revealed that the gamble he took to represent his country at the Rio Olympics has taken its toll, as he had been playing through the pain barrier since then.
“It is no secret that I arrived at the Olympic Games short of preparation and not fully recovered, but the goal was to compete and win a medal for Spain,” he said.
“Now it is time to rest and start preparing intensively for the 2017 season.”
Nadal was last in action at the Shanghai Masters earlier in October where he was beaten in the second round by Serbia’s Victor Troicki, after which he admitted that he had already switched his attention to next season.
“I need to create pain for my opponent. It is something that is not happening very often now”, the world number five had said.
“I’ve two and a half months to put myself at the level I need”, he added.
Nadal won two titles in 2016, on his favourite clay in Monte Carlo and Barcelona.