Rafael Nadal was signed up to play in the Rotterdam indoor event next week. He is no longer playing so he can rest his back, he posted on social media.
It is with great sadness that I have to forfeit from Rotterdam. As most of the fans know, I suffered some back problems in Australia that started in Adelaide and continued during Melbourne. We found a temporary solution that allowed me to play without pain in the second week of the tournament. Once I got back to Spain I visited my doctor and together with my team they’ve advised not to play this upcoming week. I was really looking forward to coming back to Rotterdam and The Netherlands since it’s been a while I played there this was the perfect year for my calendar.
I hope to come back and play there soon.
All the best to the tournament, always a top class event.
Why Nadal would even sign up to Rotterdam is a mystery. He hasn’t played there since a 2009 final loss to Andy Murray! He doesn’t play his best indoors and he is coming off a month-long trip in Australia.
Nadal, who made the Australian Open quarterfinals where he lost to Stefanos Tsitsipas after leading by two sets, is expected to play in Miami next month.
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