Rafael Nadal, currently the second-ranked men’s tennis player in the world, announced Friday on his Facebook account that he will not compete in the Miami Open later this month after reaggravating a hip injury that has hampered him for more than a month.
Nadal, the 16-time Grand Slam champion who finished as runner-up to Roger Federer in last year’s Miami Open, first injured his hip in the Australian Open in January, forcing him to retire from the tournament in the fifth set of his quarterfinal against Marin Cilic. The injury flared up last week, forcing him to withdraw from the Mexico Open. He also will not compete in the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California, which precedes the Miami Open.
“It was very painful to retire from Acapulco and it’s very hard as well to not play in the USA,” Nadal wrote in the post. “I will miss you, and I will do everything that’s possible to be back there in 2019. Thank you.”
Nadal said that ahead of his final training session in Mexico he felt “a sharp pain in my leg again in the same area where I had the problem in Australia,” according to Yahoo. With the addition of the Miami Open and the Indian Wells tournament, Nadal has now withdrawn or retired from seven consecutive tournaments due to the injury.
The 2018 Miami Open will take place in Key Biscayne from March 19 to April 1. It’s the last time the 30-year event will be played at the Crandon Park Tennis Center before moving to Hard Rock Stadium in 2019.