‘Soil God’ Rafael Nadal (37, Spain) will also be absent from the ATP Masters 1000 series competition, which will be held in Rome on the 10th (local time).

World No. 14 Nadal said in Spanish on social media on the 5th (local time), “Hello everyone. I am so sorry to announce that I will not be able to play in Rome. You know how it breaks my heart to miss another one of those tournaments that are so important to me both professionally and personally. It is because of the love and support of Italian fans.”

“I was able to train for months at a high level. The adaptation process takes time. I have no choice but to accept this and keep working.”

Some critics say Nadal’s announcement is much more optimistic than his statement two weeks ago that he stopped training to consider alternative treatments.ㅋㅋㅋ벳

The clay-court season, which Nadal is not participating in this time, is the ‘International BNL Italia’, which will be held at the Foro Italico in Rome. It is one of three events of the ATP Masters 1000 season held on clay courts. It is also a tournament that Nadal has won as many as 10 times.

Nadal has not competed since the 2023 Australian Open in January due to a hip injury. It is unknown whether he will be able to participate normally in the French Open (Roland Garros), which opens on the 28th. kkm100@sportsseoul.com

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