Madrid | Now Nadal withdraws from Madrid.

The hip injury that has plagued Rafa Nadal over the past few months, continues to force him out of events which make up the favourite part of his season, the European clay court swing.

Having already withdrawn from Monte Carlo and Barcelona, yesterday he pulled out of the Mutua Madrid Masters’ as he continues his fight for full fitness for the French Open where he will be attempting to win it for a record 15th time. His appearance at Roland Garros though, is getting more and more doubtful as the event gets closer and his withdrawals pile up.

The Spanish icon picked up the injury at the Australian Open and hasn’t played a tennis match since osing in the second round to Mackenzie McDonald and, in a long statement, revealed that he needs another treatment to improve his physical state.

“As you know I suffered a major injury in Australia, in the Psoas. Initially it had to be a six-to-eight-week recovery period and we’re on to number 14. The reality is that the situation is not what we had hoped for,” Nadal said.

“All medical directions have been followed, but somehow the evolution has not been what we were initially told and we find ourselves in a situation that is difficult. The weeks are passing and I had the illusion of being able to play in tournaments that are the most important in my career such as Monte-Carlo, Barcelona, Madrid, Rome, Roland-Garros and at the moment I missed Monte-Carlo and Barcelona. (I also) won’t be able to be in Madrid unfortunately.

“The injury is still unhealed, and I can’t work what I need to in order to compete. I was training, but now a few days ago, we decided to change course a bit, do another treatment and see if things improve to try and get to what comes. I can’t give deadlines because if I knew I would tell you all but I don’t know. This is the current situation.

“I also want to send a special greeting to all the fans of Madrid and Spanish because I will have missed the two tournaments that are played here at home. All I have left is to try to keep the right attitude all this time, try to give myself a chance to compete in some of the tournaments left of the clay season and I have no choice but to work and be with the right mindset. A very strong hug to everyone and as soon as I have news, I will inform you.”

The 22-time grand slam champion, Nadal, who is also a five-time champion of Madrid, will now be hoping his new treatment will prove effective so that he can gain some match practice at the Rome Masters before his record breaking attempt in Paris at the second grand slam of the season..



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