Spanish tennis star Rafael Nadal is also known as King of Clay because of his track of records on the red dart. However, the 35-year-old Spaniard’s action on this year’s clay-court swing has been narrowed due to rib injury concerns.
Nadal had a wonderful season, reaching the back-to-back finals at the Melbourne ATP250, Australian Open, Acapulco Open and Indian Wells. He has a win-loss record of 20-1 and claimed three titles in a row.
Most recently, the 21-time Grand Slam champion competed at the Indian Wells Masters, where he left with final loss and body discomfort.
After immediately returning to Spain, the 35-year-old from Manacor announced that he would be out of the ATP Tour for 4-6 weeks due to a stress fracture of the rib.
As a result, he already missed the ongoing Monte Carlo Masters, where he is the eleven-time champion.
However, Nadal will also forgo the one more important tournament in the European clay-court swing, the Barcelona Open, which runs from 18th to 24th of April on the clay courts in Barcelona, Spain.
According to Rafael Nadal’s press team, he will not yet be ready to compete at the Barcelona ATP500 tournament, where the Spaniard is the 12-time title winner.
Reports say that the 13-time Roland Garros winner will begin his clay-court campaign at the Madrid Masters, which takes place from 1st to 8th May in Madrid, Spain.
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