22-time Grand Slam champion Rafael Nadal has withdrawn from the Masters 1000 events at Indian Wells and Miami because of injury.
Rafa is a three-time winner at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, where main draw play begins on March 8. He is a five-time runner-up but has never won the Miami Open, which starts on March 22.
Took my time off, started rehab, gym and physiotherapy as instructed by the doctors. Getting ready to come back in the best conditions.
I am sad that I won’t be able to compete at Indian Wells nor Miami. Very sad not to be there. I’ll miss all my US fans but I hope to see them later this year during the summer swing.Rafa Nadal
Earlier today, Raf has been out on the practice court at his academy in Mallorca, as he was filmed rallying on the clay.
Rafa’s next tournament is likely to be the Monte Carlo Masters (April 9th), where he is an 11-time champion.