Nadal out of Thai Open

BANGKOK - World number two Rafael Nadal has pulled out of next week's Thailand Open because of an abdominal injury, organisers said yesterday.

The Spaniard was due to visit the kingdom this week for a beach holiday ahead of the $608500 (R4,5million) tournament in Bangkok.

But he will now stay in Spain to receive treatment for what his doctor said was an acute rupture of an abdominal muscle.

Nadal admitted that the injury contributed to his US Open semifinal defeat by Argentine Juan Martin del Potro on September 13.

He is expected to be sidelined for two to three weeks.

Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, the defending champion, will be top seed for the Bangkok event. - Reuters