Spain’s Rafael Nadal announced today his withdrawal from the Barcelona International Tennis Tournament, scheduled for next Monday, due to his failure to recover from a hip injury he suffered last January during his participation in the Australian Open, the first of the four major tournaments.
Nadal, who was forced to withdraw from the Indian Wells and Miami tournaments last month and the Monte Carlo Masters 1000 currently being held, where he was hoping to return to play, said in a tweet on Twitter: “I do not feel ready to play and I will continue my preparations to return to competition.”
The matador, who will turn thirty-seven on the third of next June, added, “Barcelona is a special course for me because it is the club in which I learned the arts of the game and because playing at home is always a unique feeling.”
Nadal, ranked fifteenth in the world, wishes himself to celebrate his birthday in the French Open, the second Grand Slam tournament, scheduled for the period between May 28 and June 11 next, by crowning her title for the fifteenth time in his professional career and raising his yield of major titles to 23 and silver. Grand Slam partnership with Serbian rival Novak Djokovic.
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