July 14, 2009 / 6:11 PM / 9 years ago

Recovering Nadal plans return at Montreal Masters

MADRID (Reuters) - World number two Rafael Nadal plans to resume training on Monday and compete at next month’s Montreal Masters as he recovers from tendinitis in his knees, according to a statement on his website on Tuesday.

Spain's Rafael Nadal returns the ball against Switzerland's Stanislas Wawrinka during the Tennis Classic at Hurlingham tournament in west London June 19, 2009. REUTERS/Toby Melville

“Rafa Nadal underwent some new medical tests today in Barcelona,” the statement said (www.rafaelnadal.com).

“He is slowly recovering from his injury, will resume practice next Monday and will reappear at the Montreal event on August 8th,” it added.

Nadal is the defending champion in Montreal.

The Spaniard has been suffering from tendinitis in both knees aggravated by a gruelling schedule of clay court matches and was forced to abandon the defence of his Wimbledon title before the tournament started.

Roger Federer of Switzerland won his sixth Wimbledon crown and regained the number one ranking from Nadal having already stolen his great rival’s French Open title.

Nadal won three out of the five clay tournaments he contested in April and May, playing 22 matches, and has blamed his injury woes on the congested calendar.

Reporting by Iain Rogers, editing by Nigel Hunt

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