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Injured Nadal will miss Indian Wells, Miami

05 March, 2018, 00:30 | Author: Carla Brady
  • Injured Nadal pulls out of Miami and Indian Wells with clay season looming

It marked the sixth tournament in a row that Nadal has pulled out of or retired from - Basel, Paris, the London ATP Tour Finals, Brisbane, Australian Open and Acapulco.

"The doctors told me it's impossible to play; it hurts and I have no choice", Nadal told the press in Mexico on Wednesday.

"Hi everyone. Unfortunately, the injury I suffered in Acapulco before starting the tournament is in the same area as the one suffered in Melbourne", Nadal wrote on social media.

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

"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.

He added, "I won't be playing at Indian Wells or in Miami and the goal going forward is to recover in time for the clay-court season".

That injury forced the Spaniard to retire in the fifth set of his Australian Open quarter-final match against Croatia's Marin Cilic in January and also prevented him from participating in this week's Mexican Open, reports Efe.

The two-time Grand Slam victor was forced to retire against Ilya Ivashka at the Provence Open match last week.

"The 36-year-old said, "(It depends on) how I feel, it's much more than a decision, it's the decision of the year, it's in the middle of the year, it's a surface change".

Nadal is the current world number two.

Nadal dropped down to No 2 in the ATP rankings as a result of Roger Federer's success at the Rotterdam Open. The King of Clay won the French Open and, after a disappointing showing at Wimbledon, he stormed back to win the US Open as well.



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