Back injured, Rafael Nadal withdraws

Hard blow for Rafael Nadal. The world number 2 in tennis has withdrawn from the Rotterdam Open due to his back problem which prevents him from playing.

Rafael Nadal was due to represent Spain at next week’s tournament in Rotterdam Ahoy but was replaced by American Reilly Opelka.

The twenty-time Grand Slam winner Spaniard suffers from a lower back injury and was also forced to withdraw from the Spanish ATP Cup this month.

The 34-year-old was cleared for the Australian Open, during which he lost to Stefanos Tsitsipas in the quarter-finals.

However, Nadal still has not fully recovered from his back injury and will now miss another event.

Organizers of the ATP 500 tournament confirmed the news on Thursday and Nadal then took to Twitter to explain the decision.

“It is with great sadness that I have to give up Rotterdam. As most fans know, I suffered from back problems in Australia that started in Adelaide and continued in Melbourne ”, he wrote, before adding:

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“We found a temporary solution that allowed me to play painlessly in the second week of the tournament. Once back in Spain I visited my doctor and with my team they advised me not to play next week ”.

“I was really looking forward to coming back to Rotterdam and the Netherlands because I had been playing there for a long time, it was the perfect year for my calendar. Hope to come back and play it soon. Good luck with the tournament, always a top notch event“, Explains the tennis player.

World number three Daniil Medvedev will replace Nadal as headliner at the Rotterdam tournament, which runs from March 1-7.

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