World No.3 Rafael Nadal has joined rival Roger Federer in the withdrawal list of Miami Open 2021. However, James Blake, the Miami Open tournament director, said that Spaniard’s absence would be a significant loss to South Florida devoted tennis fans.
Since the beginning of the 2021 season, the 34-years-old from Manacor has been suffering from back pain. As a result, he did not participate in the ATP Cup during the Melbourne summer series. Nadal then pulled out from Rotterdam, Acapulco, and refused to accept a Dubai Duty-Free Tennis Championships’ wild card.
“I Need To Recover Fully”: Nadal on His Withdrawal From Miami
Nevertheless, the same back pain has now forced Rafael Nadal to withdraw from southeastern Florida’s ATP 1000 Master event, scheduled from 24th March to 4th April.
“Sad to announce that I won’t be playing in Miami, a city that I love. I need to fully recover and get ready for the clay-court season in Europe. Special message to my fans in the US and particularly to the great Spanish speaking community in FL who always give me great support!” Spaniard wrote on his Twitter account.
“We Understand That A Player’s Health Must Remain The No.1 Priority”: James Blake
This month, other fans’ favourite, none other than Roger Federer, announced his withdrawal from a hard court Master event in Miami due to knee injury concern. Needless to say, the top players absent would be a great loss to tournament organisers and Florida fans.
“Rafa will definitely be missed at this year’s event, but we understand that a player’s health must remain the No. 1 priority. He has so many fans here in South Florida and brings incredible energy and excitement whenever he takes the court. We hope to have him back in Miami next year,” Miami Open chief stated of Nadal’s withdrawal.
James Blake continued, “The Miami Open team is excited for the opportunity to welcome an incredible roster of leading players and our devoted fans back to Miami next week.”