Rafael Nadal has withdrawn from the ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament due to an ongoing back injury.
The Spanish superstar was unable to compete at the ATP Cup earlier this month due to back stiffness, but recovered to reach the Australian Open quarter-finals (l. to Tsitsipas).
Nadal wrote on Twitter: “It is with great sadness that I have to forfeit from Rotterdam. As most of the fans know, I suffered some back problems in Australia that started in Adelaide and continued during Melbourne. We found a temporary solution that allowed me to play without pain in the second week of the tournament.
“Once I got back to Spain I visited my doctor and together with my team they’ve advised not to play this upcoming week. I was really looking forward to coming back to Rotterdam and The Netherlands since it’s been a while I played there.
“This was the perfect year for my calendar. I hope to come back and play there soon. All the best to the tournament, always a top class event.”
The 34-year-old, who had been bidding to capture a record 21st Grand Slam championship crown, has a 4-1 record on the 2021 season.