Rafael Nadal pulls out of Monte-Carlo Masters as heartbreaking statement released | Tennis | Sport

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Rafael Nadal pulls out of Monte-Carlo Masters as heartbreaking statement released | Tennis | Sport

Rafael Nadal has announced on social media that he will not be competing in the Monte-Carlo Masters tournament. The former world No. 1 has not competed at an ATP Tour event since his return to the court in January in Brisbane.

Nadal returned earlier this year with plenty of promise, with his displays in Australia prompting conversations over whether the 37-year-old could compete for titles. However, injuries have continued to prove a major issue for Nadal.

After pulling out of the Australian Open, Qatar Open and Indian Wells, the 22-time Grand Slam champion has now revealed that he will not be able to compete at the Monte-Carlo Masters next week.

Nadal’s comeback certainly has not gone to plan following an 11-month absence, and missing the start of the clay season is yet another setback which he will have to navigate if he is to prove that he is still one of the best in the business.

In a heartbreaking statement released on social media, the Spaniard broke the news by saying: “Hi all, these are very difficult moments for me, sporting-wise. Unfortunately, I have to tell you that I am not going to be playing in Monte-Carlo. My body simply won’t allow me.

“And even if I am working hard & making the maximum effort every day with all the will to play and compete again at tournaments that have been very important for me, the truth is that I can’t play today. You have no idea how hard this is for me to not be able to play these events.

“The only thing I can do is to accept the situation and try to look at the immediate future keeping the excitement and will to play in order to give me a chance for things to get better. Thanks again to all, as always, for all the support and best wishes!”

The recurring issues will be a major obstacle in Nadal’s plans for the season, with his target of the French Open now in jeopardy – which he has won on 14 occasions previously. He has six weeks to get himself into full fitness in time for the Grand Slam, and a strong showing at the event could allow him to take aim at the Paris Olympics at Roland Garros.

Cet article est apparu en premier en ANGLAIS sur https://www.express.co.uk/sport/tennis/1885015/Rafael-Nadal-Monte-Carlo-Masters-statement


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