Rafael Nadal has wanted to make it clear that he will not dispute the ATP 500 from Acapulco, in Mexican lands from March 15 to 20, later than usual due to the displacement of dates due to the accumulated delay in the tour of Australia.
“I am very sorry not to participate in Acapulco 2021. It is a difficult year for everyone and in my current state of health, with a back ailment, it makes it impossible to make such a long trip. I love Acapulco, played for the last 4 years, but this year it has not been possible. Hopefully in 2022! ”, He pointed out through social networks.
Your manager, Carlos Costa, has issued an official statement denying information that appeared in Mexico about the lack of budget due to the cuts in the pandemic as a reason for Nadal’s absence. “Rafa has decided not to participate in the Acapulco tournament for a purely question of his current state of health, calendar and convenience because it is such a long trip under the circumstances in which we find ourselves,” he says.
“As is known, Rafa came back with a back problem from the Australian Open and is still recovering from the injury. It is for this reason that he will not participate in the Rotterdam tournament where he was registered. As the suspension of the tournament of Indian wells and delaying the initial date of the tournament in Mexico, he has finally decided not to travel to Acapulco. Therefore, it is clear and beyond any doubt that his non-participation in the Acapulco tournament is not a matter according to the organizers ”, he adds.
The rest of the calendar remains to be seen once he recovers from his back ailment.
And he warns that “the rest of the calendar for these weeks remains to be seen once he recovers from his back ailment.”
Rafa Nadal announced on Thursday his withdrawal from the ATP indoor hard court tournament in Rotterdam, in the Netherlands, from February 1 to 7, where it did appear on the official list of participants.
Let’s see what tournament I return to. You have to be smart with what is happening
Nadal already warned that he would be careful with his competition schedule before leaving Melbourne. After losing in the quarterfinals to the Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas, in a match that dominated two sets to zero, warned that “let’s see which tournament I return to. You have to be smart about what’s going on ”. The coronavirus pandemic and back ailment complicate the design of a selective calendar from behind campaigns with the aim of being competitive for as long as possible.
Option to go straight to clay
Among the current options, carry out a long and thoughtful preparation on clay, reappear on European clay, from Monte Carlo (April 11 to 18) to Gothic (April 19 to 25), Madrid (May 2 to 9), Rome (May 9 to 16) and, his main challenge on the horizon, Roland Garros (May 23 to June 6).
Nadal did appear in the list of tennis players at the ATP Masters 1000 in Miami, from March 24 to April 4, although he does not want to say anything.
Nadal will study well the next step to take. It does not bother him that the Russian Daniil Medvedev, now top seed in Rotterdam, can snatch world No. 2 from him. The ranking is a minor detail in his current career taking into account that Novak Djokovic, still injured, is well tied to No. 1. On March 8 he will add 311 weeks, a record that will leave Roger Federer’s 310 behind