A day after his impressive title run, Monte Carlo champion Rafael Nadal officially withdrew from the Barcelona clay court tennis event which began today.
“I am really sorry not to be able to play in Barcelona, more than any other tournament, but this year after the win in Monte Carlo my body is asking me to rest,” Nadal said in a statement to the tournament from his PR rep. “I repeat that I’m especially sorry not to play there, because I would like it to be understood that it really is that way, because it is played in my club and it is my home tournament. I have said on many occasions that the tennis calendar, specifically the clay court season, is badly structured and my not being able to compete in Barcelona is a consequence of that. I want to extend my thanks in advance to the members of the club, the organizers of the tournament, and all of the fans for their understanding. Tomorrow I will be in Barcelona and will be available for the organizers.”
There was no specific reason given for now – a press conference will be held in Barcelona tomorrow – but Nadal was scheduled to play Monte Carlo, Barcelona, Rome and Madrid prior to the French Open.
With such a packed schedule logic would suggest Nadal would withdraw from one if not multiple events to be fully rested and fresh for a run at the French Open.
Nadal was the top seed and has won the event five straight times. Robin Soderling, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, Fernando Verdasco, Tomas Berdych and David Ferrer are among the other big names playing the tournament.
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