Rafael Nadal pulls out of Madrid in worrying French Open blow


(FILES) In this file photo taken on January 18, 2023 Spain's Rafael Nadal reacts as he competes against Mackenzie McDonald of the US during his men's singles match on day three of the Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne.

(FILES) On this file picture taken on January 18, 2023 Spain’s Rafael Nadal reacts as he competes in opposition to Mackenzie McDonald of the US throughout his males’s singles match on day three of the Australian Open tennis match in Melbourne. (Photograph by Martin KEEP / AFP)

Rafael Nadal mentioned Thursday he’ll miss subsequent week’s Madrid Masters as he continues to wrestle to get well from a hip damage, dealing a major blow to his French Open preparations.

“For the second I’ve missed Monte Carlo and Barcelona. And sadly I gained’t be capable of be in Madrid both,” Nadal mentioned on Instagram.

“The damage nonetheless hasn’t healed,” he added.

The 36-year-old Spaniard has not performed since dropping within the second spherical of the Australian Open in January.

Nadal is hoping for a record-extending fifteenth French Open title at Roland Garros in Might, however his hip flexor drawback he suffered in Melbourne has badly disrupted his run as much as the match.

The 22-time Grand Slam champion — he shares the lads’s report with Novak Djokovic — had initially thought he could be out for as much as two months.

He pulled out of hard-court tournaments at Indian Wells and Miami, along with his sights set on a return at first of the clay-court season, nevertheless it didn’t come to fruition.

“In precept it was speculated to be a restoration interval of six to eight weeks and now we’re round 14,” mentioned Nadal.

“The fact is that the state of affairs just isn’t what we’d have hoped for. All medical indications have been adopted, however the therapeutic has not gone as they informed us initially and we discover ourselves in a tough state of affairs.”

Nadal mentioned he and his staff have determined to strive a distinct therapy and see if issues enhance, however that he was not setting a deadline for his comeback.

“I can’t work on what I must compete. I used to be coaching however just a few days in the past we determined to vary course a bit, to strive one other therapy and see if issues enhance to attempt to get to what comes subsequent.”

“I can’t give deadlines as a result of if I knew I might let you know, however I don’t know,” he added. “That is how issues at the moment are.”

Nadal’s health issues have develop into an growing situation since he gained his 14th French Open crown final 12 months.

At Wimbledon final summer season he was pressured to withdraw from his semi-final due to an stomach damage.

Final month he dropped out of the highest 10 for the primary time since 2005, and is at the moment ranked 14th.

The French Open begins on Might 28, with Nadal now in a race in opposition to time to be match for the Rome Masters — the final main tune-up occasion earlier than Roland Garros.


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