Rafael Nadal will miss the ATP 1000 events in Indian Wells and Miami, the 22-time Grand Slam champion confirmed on social media on Tuesday.
“I’m sad that I won’t be able to compete in Indian Wells or Miami,” Nadal said in a tweet after Indian Wells officials announced his withdrawal. the tour in the California desert that starts next week.
“It will be very sad not to be there. I will miss all my American friends but I hope to see them later this year during the summer.”
The news comes after the Spaniard said in late January that he expected to miss six to eight weeks with a hip injury he suffered at the Australian Open.
“We wish Rafa continued recovery, and hope to see him again at the BNP Paribas Open next year,” said Indian Wells tournament director Tommy Haas.
Nadal, who said on January 26 that the tests confirmed the weakness of the muscles in his left hip, posted a video on Twitter showing his training in the gym.
“I took time off, started rehabilitation, gym and physiotherapy as prescribed by the doctors,” he said. “Getting ready to come back in top form.”
That may mean for the clay court season that begins in mid-April and leads to Roland Garros, where he will seek a 15th French Open title in May.
Nadal, who made history as the first person to win 21 Grand Slam titles at the 2022 Australian Open, withdrew from this year’s edition in January after just two matches.
He said in Melbourne he had the problem for “a few days” but this time he didn’t get an infection.
Nadal, whose impressive career has been marked by injuries, was determined to continue his game.
Last year Nadal went undefeated heading into Indian Wells, winning the Australian Open tune-up in Melbourne before coming from two sets down to win. Daniel Medvedev in the Australian Open final.
He won the ATP tour in Acapulco and reached the final in Indian Wells, where he was surprised by American Taylor Fritz in the final while he was struggling with a bone injury.
He came back to win his 22nd Grand Slam title at Roland Garros, a record that has since been matched by Novak Djokovic.
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