Rafael Nadal Is Now Out Of Indian Wells And Miami

by Staff | March 2nd, 2018, 5:55 pm

Rafael Nadal made won’t be playing any hard court matches this month. The former world No. 1 officially withdrew from both Indian Wells and Miami as he continues recovery from a hip injury sustained at the Australian Open.

“Hi everyone. Unfortunately, the injury I suffered in Acapulco before starting the tournament is in the same area as the one suffered in Melbourne,” Nadal wrote on social media. “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. I will miss you and I will do everything that’s possible to be back there in 2019. Thank you”

Nadal hasn’t completed an event since losing in the finals at Shanghai last October.

This is the first time in his career Nadal will miss both March Masters events. In fact since the start of 2004, combined he’s only missed those events twice – 2005 Indian Wells, 2013 Miami.

His exit also means Federer could build on his ranking lead, though has to defend both Indian Wells and Miami titles while Nadal loses points from the Miami final points and the Indian Wells fourth round.

The 31-year-old is set to make his clay debut in Monte Carlo next month.

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10 Comments for Rafael Nadal Is Now Out Of Indian Wells And Miami

pepe Says:

Good decision from Rafa, playing for No1 is what got him rekt. He need to play a smart calendar like Federer and go for the big titles. Leave no1 to younger player that play everyhing.

Willow Says:

Pepe welcome to tennis-x , and great post, completely agree ….

Madmax Says:

This is true, for certain Pepe. All about the scheduling and being smart.

But really, these huge long delays out of tennis, I had no idea about the hip injury, I thought it was a thigh injury that kept Rafa out of the AO, and now where has the hip injury come from, if he has not played since then? As rafa fans, Pepe, and Willow, when did this happen?

Willow Says:

No idea, what i find out about players injuries comes from here on TX dont really follow all the ins and outs otherwise ….

Okiegal Says:

It doesn’t really matter where the injury is….an injury is an injury and it keeps them from playing….we Rafa fans just have to roll with it and then listen to how he’s a poor manager iof scheduling……so on and so forth…….it is what it is!

Get healthy Rafa! VAMOS!

Willow Says:

Okie well said us Rafa fans roll will the punches, and just learn to live with his injuries, its nothing new, let the rest of the world pontificate about it ?

Giles Says:

Oki. Well said. 👏👏👏

Okiegal Says:

@Giles…….Thank y’all!!

Chris Ford Says:

The 3 Legend’s missing, should at least thinking of knocking those championship’s down – items:

Federer Rome & Monte Carlo. Olympic Gold.
Djokovic Cincinnati. Olympic Gold.
Rafa: Miami, Paris-Bercy, year end Championships.
And of course the calendar year Grand Slam for all and the non calendar year Grand Slam for Roger&Rafa.

Rafa should turn around from avoiding Miami the last few years and try to knock that one off before he retires. And frankly, odds are pretty low Rafa will ever win Paris Masters or the Barclay’s Championships while they are held indoors.

Willow Says:

^ Us Rafa fans know, as you cant seem to resist in reminding us all, all the time ^ ….

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