Rafael Nadal withdrew from the first Masters of the year and we will see him again in April, for the dirt season.
“I regret to announce that I will not play in Miami, a city I love. I need to fully recover to prepare properly for the European clay season,” Nadal said on social media.
We remind you that Nadal experienced discomfort in his waist during his stay in Australia. He did not play in the ATP Cup, then in the Australian Open he seemed to feel better, until the 3rd round and then he said that he was no longer facing the problem, however he did not play in either Rotterdam or Acapulco, citing this issue.
He will not play in Miami in the coming weeks, when the first Masters 1000 of this season will be held. It is worth noting that Rafa has not yet fought in America, since the outbreak of the pandemic. The last time he played in the United States was for the 2019 US Open, and the last time he played in general in America was for the Acapulco tournament in February 2020. After that tournament he traveled to California to play at the Masters of Indian Wells, which, however, was canceled and has not been done at all since.
The most likely scenario for Rafa now is to return for the dirt season at the Monte-Carlo Masters, which will take place in the week of April 11-18. It is a tournament that is not only traditionally on its schedule, but has won it 11 times.
As for Miami, the absence of the Spaniard is definitely a blow, as a few weeks ago it became known that Roger Federer will not play in the tournament either. However, Novak Djokovic, like all the other players in the Top 10, is expected to participate in the tournament, which will officially start next week.