Rafael Nadal is still uncertain when he can return to competitive tennis after withdrawing from this month’s ATP event in Barcelona as he recovers from a rib injury, his team told Reuters on Tuesday.
“Rafa has just been withdrawn from the entry list in Barcelona,” the team said in a statement sent to Reuters.
“We don’t know yet when he will be at his first tournament on clay this year. Hopefully, soon.”
Tests in Barcelona revealed “a stress fracture of the third left costal arch”.
Should the four-to-six week diagnosis prove to be correct, then Rafa’s return could be at the Madrid Open on May 1.
This is then followed by the Italian Open on May 8, before the ATP 250 events in Geneva and Lyon (May 15) and then the aforementioned French Open a week later.