The currently injured Spanish tennis star Rafael Nadal has to pause even longer. World Ranking Second said Friday’s participation in the Masters tournaments in Indian Wells, California (March 8-18) and Miami (March 19-April 1).
Nadal is still suffering from an injury to the right hip flexor that he sustained in his quarter-final knockout at the Australian Open in late January.
“I have to recover, a start at tournaments in the US is not possible,” Nadal wrote on Facebook. Thus, the number of tournaments, in which Nadal can not participate or give up, increases to eight (Basel, Paris, ATP final, Brisbane, Australian Open, Acapulco, Indian Wells, Miami). For the clay court season Nadal wants to return to the tour, at the French Open in Paris (from May 27), he aims for his eleventh title.
Only shortly before the start of the tournament in Acapulco Nadal was back in training, but felt by his own account, however, a similar pain as in his job in Melbourne. He had had knee problems last year. Nadal returns to the top of the world rankings despite injury if his rival, Roger Federer (Switzerland), retires in Indian Wells before the semi-finals.
Prior to Nadal, three-time Grand Slam winner Stan Wawrinka had already canceled his start in Indian Wells and Miami, the Swiss is still suffering from knee surgery. Also Olympic champion Andy Murray (Great Britain) is not yet fit after his hip operation and plans his comeback for the grass season from June. Whether the 12-time Major winner Novak Djokovic (Serbia) after his elbow operation in the US returns to the Tour, is still open.