Rafael Nadal pulls out from Indian Wells and Miami Masters

Hip Injury Keeps Him Out of ATP Master 1000 events

Reference: BBC News

Rafael Nadal has pulled out of the ATP Masters events in Miami Masters and Indian Wells because of his ongoing right hip injury.

The 31-year old Spaniard also withdrew from this week’s Acapulo Open in Mexico after his hip injury recurred.

Earlier this year in January, Nadal retired from the Australian Open quarterfinals against Marin Cilic because of the same problem. In order to take some rest, Nadal did not play at the ABM AMRO last month.

 “I’m sorry to write this, but my worst possible scenario has been confirmed. The injury I suffered during training right before Acapulco is in the same basic area as the injury I suffered in Melbourne [during the Australian Open],” Rafa announced on Facebook, Friday.

“I won’t be able to play in Miami or Indian Wells as I need to recover.”

“It was very painful to retire from Acapulco and it’s very hard as well to not play in the USA.”

Since he retired from the Australian Open, the 16-times Grand Slam winner has not played a single match, retiring or pulling out from eight tournaments in a row.

Nadal lost his world no.1 title to Roger Federer last month in the ABM AMRO however, if he had won Acapulo, Miami and Indian Wells offered him a great chance to regain the top spot at ATP Rankings.

The Indian Wells tournament will be starting from Monday while the Miami event from 19th March.

Last year, Nadal lost to Federer in the fourth round at Indian Wells and in the final at Miami.

The world no.2’s withdrawal was greeted with disappointment by the director of Indian Wells tournament, Tommy Hass.

“We are disappointed that Rafa will not be able to compete for the title at this year’s BNP Paribas Open. We wish him all the best for a speedy recovery, and hope to see him back in action at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden next year,” said Haas.

Another player that will not be playing both the events due to (knee) injury is the three-time Slam champion Stan Wawrinka. Stan also had continuous issues as he lost in first round of Rotterdam Open.

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