Nadal withdraws from IPTL because of health

FILE - In this July 1, 2014 file photo, Rafael Nadal of Spain loses a point to Nick Kyrgios of Australia during their men's singles match at the All England Lawn Tennis Championships in Wimbledon, London. Nadal is withdrawing from hard-court tournaments i
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NEW DELHI (AP) Rafael Nadal has withdrawn from the inaugural International Premier Tennis League competition, citing health reasons.

Veteran Indian player Mahesh Bhupathi posted on Twitter on Monday that Nadal had withdrawn before Team India was due to be announced in New Delhi.

The IPTL later confirmed that the 28-year-old Spaniard wouldn't be playing in the tournament.

Nadal withdrew from the U.S. Open last month, citing a right wrist problem, and was unable to defend his title. He also recently missed Spain's Davis Cup loss to Brazil.

The IPTL, a city-based team competition, is to be staged at venues in the Philippines, United Arab Emirates, Singapore and India between Nov. 28 and Dec. 13.

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