Wednesday, 16 October, 2019

Nadal pulls out of Indian Wells, Miami with injury

Injured Rafael Nadal withdraws from Indian Wells Miami Twitter
Shannon Reynolds | 02 March, 2018, 21:26

World No. 2 Rafael Nadal has withdrawn from the BNP Paribas Open and the Miami Open due to a right hip injury.

An 11th title at Roland Garros will be his primary goal, and that could see the 16-time Grand Slam champion play it very carefully in the build-up.

"I won't be able to play in Miami or Indian Wells as I need to recover", said the world number two. 2 announced the news via Facebook on Friday, stating, "I'm sorry to write this, but my worst possible scenario has been confirmed".

Following his defeat at Melbourne Park, Wawrinka reached the semi-finals of the Sofia Open, but followed that with early exits at Rotterdam and Marseille, the second through an injury retirement.

Nadal fell to Roger Federer in both events previous year (L16 in Indian Wells, final in Miami) but went on to win the Monte-Carlo Masters and Madrid Open before claiming his 10th French Open title.

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That was the only event played by Nadal this year so far. "It hurt to retire in Acapulco, where I get so much support, but it's also painful not to be with my fans in the US for the American swing in March, something that has always been important to me".

"We are disappointed that Rafa will not be able to compete for the title at this year's BNP Paribas Open, '" Tournament Director Tommy Haas said.

The 16-time grand slam victor initially suggested returning at Indian Wells, which begins on 8 March, would be a "great goal" for him but having since sought further medical advice, the Spaniard has now opted to skip the Sunshine Double and focus exclusively on his recovery.

However, he lost the top ranking to old rival Roger Federer last month.

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