Rafa Nadal will not compete at subsequent week’s ATP 500 event in Dubai as he has not recovered totally from a back situation sustained forward of the Australian Open, the world No.2 stated on Thursday.
Nadal struggled with the issue within the build-up to the 12 months’s first Grand Slam and skipped Spain’s ATP Cup ties however nonetheless managed to attain the quarter-finals at Melbourne Park with out dropping a set earlier than dropping to Stefanos Tsitsipas.
The 34-year-old 20-times Grand Slam champion has not performed since that defeat and was awarded a wild card to compete on the March 14-20 event in Dubai.
“I would like to thank the @DDFTennis for the wild card invitation sent to me,” Nadal stated on Twitter.
And… particular thanks to Tournament Director Salah Talak since I’m conscious of his efforts to guarantee a clean arrival to play Dubai throughout this unprecedented Coronavirus pandemic and troublesome instances for all ????????????
— Rafa Nadal (@RafaelNadal) March 11, 2021
“We seriously thought about coming to play, but I don’t think I am ready to play yet.”
Nadal remains to be entered on the Miami Open, an ATP 1000 event to be held from March 24-April 4.