Rafael Nadal pulls out from Acapulco

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After he withdrew yesterday from Rotterdam with a back injury, Rafael Nadal has just posted on Twitter he won’t play either in Acapulco.

“I am very sorry not to participate in Acapulco 2021. It is a difficult year for everyone and in my current state of health, with a bad back, it is impossible to make such a long trip. I love Acapulco, I have played the last four years, but this year it is not possible. Hopefully in 2022!”

Rafa has been a regular at the Mexican event recently, playing in three of the last four editions.

Our champ, 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.


  1. Open 13 Provence

    Nice to see Jo-Wilfried Tsonga back, but unfortunately he lost to his countryman already.
    Good luck to Jannik Sinner against Daniil Medvedev🍀💪

    • Tsonga paints a very bleak picture of how he is feeling right now. He seems to have lost his motivation to play.

      It seems he is having difficulty accepting the reality of how the pandemic has affected tennis from testing, to restrictions and the simple pleasures of life. He seems sad because I remember a happy guy on the circuit but that was pre-pandemic. Wishing him the best.

      • Maybe he thinks a bit differently now that he has his own family? This pandemic has affected most of us more or less, and hopefully the vaccines will help us go back to some kind of normalcy!

      • Mimi, See the article
        Jo-Wilfred Tsonga Tennis Players Are No Longer Motivated

        I too thought about him being a new dad but talked only tennis. I, too, hope he gets out of that funk.

      • Mimi, if you want to see Rafa’s new kit colors check them out on Twitter. I just received an email from Twitter and Tanika has posted them.

  2. Rafa declined a wildcard to play Dubai.

    I would like to thank the @DDFTennis for the wild card invitation sent to me. We seriously thought about coming to play, but I don’t think I am ready to play yet.
    Once again thanks to the tournament’s kind invitation and best of luck with the tournament
    2:17 AM · Mar 11, 2021

    • Rafa Nadal
      And… special thanks to Tournament Director Salah Talak since I am aware of his efforts to ensure a smooth arrival to play Dubai during this unprecedented Coronavirus pandemic and difficult times for all 🙏🙏🙏

  3. Federer lost to Basilashvili 3-6, 6-1, 7-5. I guess he ran out of gas. He said he was tired after yesterday match and wanted to see how he felt today.

    • Tough match yesterday, at least he started the season with a win after such a long time away.

      • Federer’s loss is understandable but I can’t believe Dominic lost to RBA.

        Semifinals are:

        Andrey vs RBA

        Fritz vs Basilashvili

      • RBA is a good player. Remember he has beaten ND a few times on hard court👏

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