April 21, 2018

Nadal out of Indian Wells and Miami

05 March 2018, 12:31 | Kristopher Drake

Nadal (hip) skipping Indian Wells and Miami stops

Rafa Nadal

Nadal's exit from the lower-tier tournament in Acapulco is his fifth consecutive retirement.

Andy Murray's former coach Mark Petchey believes that Rafael Nadal has made a "smart decision" by pulling out of Indian Wells and Miami following a recurrence of his hip injury, which will give him enough time to recover for the clay season, where he was imperious past year.

'It was very painful to retire from Acapulco and it's very hard as well to not play in the USA.

"I'm sorry to write this, but my worst possible scenario has been confirmed".

The second-ranked Spanish star hasn't played since retiring in the quarterfinals of the Australian Open in late January.

"I am sure that it is just a little disheartening more than anything else".

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The 31-year-old is set to make his clay debut in Monte Carlo next month. (But) I have no doubt that he can get back to where he was at the end of last season, assuming his body will allow him.

"He is obviously one of the most determined competitors that the game has ever seen and I expect him to be a force on the clay". "It was certainly his best Roland Garros ever", Petchey told Sky Sports.

He added, "I won't be playing at Indian Wells or in Miami and the goal going forward is to recover in time for the clay-court season".

Nadal withdrew from this week's Mexico Open due to the ailment. The Spaniard will lose a further 690 points across Indian Wells and Miami.

But Nadal's priority every year is the clay-court season and in particular the French Open, a Grand Slam event held in late May and early June that the Spaniard has won a record 10 times. "All in all a very smart decision and totally understandable but he is obviously a big loss for both tournaments".

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