Rafael Nadal Is Now Out Of Indian Wells And Miami

Lawrence Cooper
March 5, 2018

The Spaniard had earlier also withdrawn from this week's Acapulco Open in Mexico after a recurrence of the injury.

The tennis ace's withdrawal from the event was greeted with dismay by Indian Wells tournament director Tommy Haas.

Andy Murray's former coach Mark Petchey believes that Rafael Nadal has made a "smart decision" by pulling out of Indian Wells and Miami following a recurrence of his hip injury, which will give him enough time to recover for the clay season, where he was imperious previous year.

He has yet to play since Melbourne having now retired or pulled out of eight consecutive events.

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On the impact of Nadal's injury problems, the former British pro said: "When you have to continually keep coming back from these kind of problems it is pretty draining".

"I am sure that it is just a little disheartening more than anything else". "I always try to [play] until the last moment, but I can't". The Spaniard closed the year with six titles and took his tally of slams to 16 by winning the US Open to complete a fascinating year for the 31-year-old. Federer has seen a Renaissance of sorts in the past year, skipping the clay court season in 2017 to focus on grass. It was certainly his best Roland Garros ever. World No.2 Rafael Nadal has won the French Open title ten times.

Last year, Nadal lost to Roger Federer in the fourth round at Indian Wells and in the final at Miami. "I won't be able to play in Miami or Indian Wells as I need to recover".

Roland Garros is now the only Grand Slam event held on clay, and is widely considered to be the most physically demanding tennis tournament in the world. "All in all a very smart decision and totally understandable but he is obviously a big loss for both tournaments".

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