Rafael Nadal turns his back on Roger Federer by admitting he may miss the Ryder Cup-style Laver Cup

Rafael Nadal has delivered a pre-Wimbledon blow to Roger Federer by telling him he is likely to skip the Ryder Cup-style event promoted by the Swiss legend.

The Spaniard was a star turn when the Europe vs Rest of the World Laver Cup — backed by Federer’s management group in partnership with Tennis Australia — made a successful debut in Prague last year.

Rafael Nadal is expected to miss the Ryder Cup-style Europe vs Rest of the World Laver Cup
Rafael Nadal is expected to miss the Ryder Cup-style Europe vs Rest of the World Laver Cup

It is being played this year in Chicago soon after the US Open, from September 21-23, but looks set to go ahead without the world No1. Andy Murray is also unlikely to commit, although Novak Djokovic has signed up.

The event that made its debut last year is backed by Roger Federer's management team
The event that made its debut last year is backed by Roger Federer’s management team

In a boost for the traditional Davis Cup, Nadal strongly hinted he would play for Spain instead the week before.

‘I loved the competition (Laver Cup). ‘I played with a lot of passion,’ said the Spaniard of an event which is trying to shed its tag of being an exhibition. ‘This year I have the semi-finals of Davis Cup the week before, an important tie in France. I’m just focused and try to do my thing.’

Andy Murray is also expected not to play in the event, although Novak Djokovic has signed up
Andy Murray is also expected not to play in the event, although Novak Djokovic has signed up

Nadal is at Wimbledon after a three-week break following his 11th French Open win in Paris.

He is trying to reverse a poor (by his standards) run at SW19, where he has not gone beyond the fourth round since 2011.

The weather and its hardening effect on surfaces ought to suit, and he has a generous draw.

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