With a heavy schedule ahead, Australian Open finalist Rafael Nadal has pulled out of next week’s Rotterdam indoor event.
“I am very sorry to announce I won’t be able to play in Rotterdam next week. After last year’s absence from some tournaments, I started this season well and made a significant effort during the Australian swing.
“It’s because of this that my doctors have strongly advised me to take it easy and give enough rest to my body before competing again to avoid further injuries. I fully understand that the Dutch fans will be disappointed. I am very thankful to Richard [Krajicek] for the great support and understanding.”
Nadal is still expected to play Acapulco and then both Masters events in March.
With Nadal and Stan Wawrinka out, Marin Cilic and Dominic Thiem will assume the roles of top seeds at the event.
Tournament director Krajicek tried to replace Nadal with Roger Federer but was unable to get the Swiss.
“In a short period we have contacted the complete top-five and Roger Federer, but unfortunately none of them was available on such a short notice,” Krajicek said.
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