Rafael Nadal not ready to play yet due to back issue, skips Dubai event


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.

“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.




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