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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