Tennis superstar Rafael Nadal has confirmed that he will not feature at the upcoming ATP Masters tournaments in Miami and Indian Wells. The Spaniard was forced to pull out of last week’s Mexican Open with a hip injury, which has been a consistent issue since his Australian Open fifth round clash with Marin Cilic.
Injuries have been a huge part of Rafael Nadal’s career, but following an impressive 2017 that saw Nadal end the season as World No. 1, the 31-year-old was hoping to remain injury free for the upcoming 2018 circuit. Unfortunately, it wasn’t to be, and having been forced to pull out of the first grand slam event of the year, Nadal saw long-term rival Roger Federer snatch the No.1 spot from under his feet.
As Federer is rumoured to be planning a relatively light schedule for the next few months, many expected Nadal to hit the ground running, and attempt to get the better of the Swiss Maestro when he defends his titles at the Miami Open and Indian Wells Masters. Nadal is now unlikely to feature at either event.
“Hi everyone. Unfortunately, the injury I suffered in Acapulco before starting the tournament is in the same area as the one suffered in Melbourne.” said the World No.2.
“I won’t be able to play in Miami or Indian Wells as I need to recover. It was very painful to retire from Acapulco and it’s very hard as well to not play in the USA. I will miss you and I will do everything that’s possible to be back there in 2019. Thank you.”
It is not yet known when Nadal will return to the tennis circuit; however, many are expecting the Spaniard to join the European clay court season in preparation for the French Open, which is set to begin on May 21st. Nadal is the reigning champion of the men’s singles tournament, and has tasted victory at the Roland-Garros a record 10 times.
In other news, World No. 12 Stan Warwinka will also be absent from the upcoming events at Miami and Indian Wells, as he continues to recover from a recent knee surgery. “Coming back from a big surgery is complicated and after having played a few tournaments I have discussed with my team that it is best for me to build on the progress and go back to practice,” said Wawrinka.
“I’m working hard on and off court and hope to be back within a few weeks.”