Nadal will not compete in Miami: "I want to be ready for the ground"

The Spaniard announced through his Twitter account that he is giving up participating in the American event to prepare for the clay season.


Rafa Nadal will not reappear at the Miami Masters 1,000 (March 24-April 4). The Spaniard, who declined the possibility of playing with an invitation in Acapulco or Dubai, will skip the remainder of the hard court campaign with the intention of fully recovering from his back injury and face the European gravel tour that will start with guarantees. in Monte Carlo (April 11-18). This was announced on social networks.

"Sad to announce that I will not be playing in Miami, a city I love. I need to fully recover and prepare for the clay court season in Europe. Special message to my fans in the US. And in particular to the larger speaking community Hispanic from Florida who always give me great support, "wrote the Spaniard, who has not played since he fell in the quarterfinals of the Australian Open against Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas, on February 17. The problem in the dorsal area of the back that prevented him from performing at 100% in the first Grand Slam of the season has him in dry dock and he does not want to force himself to give himself the best possible options to play a good role in the tournaments of the The surface that is best given to him, with his mind set, especially at Roland Garros, where he aspires to lift his 14th trophy, which would be the 21st in a major, an absolute record on the men's circuit.

After this announcement, Miami is left without two of the Big Three components, since Roger Federer confirmed that he was not going to participate and this Tuesday it also transpired that he will not be in Monte Carlo, so his return to the courts, after the brief return last week in Doha, where he beat Evans before falling in the quarterfinals against the ultimate Qatar Open champion, Basilashvili, could come in Madrid or Rome. What is certain, unless there is a setback, is that his intention is to play in Paris and prepare to reach Wimbledon in the best possible way.Those who will be in the Florida tournament will be Novak Djokovic, who will increase his dominance in the ranking (accumulates 312 weeks). The other great beneficiary of Nadal's absence will be Daniil Medvedev, who will keep the number two that has taken away from the Spanish at least until the Grand Slam of clay.

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