Rafael Nadal withdraws from Miami Opens

Rafael Nadal has withdrawn from the upcoming Miami opens. The 20-time grand slam winner withdrew from the Masters 1000 event due to a back injury. The back injury has been with him since the Australian Open.
Rafael Nadal broke the news on his Twitter page as he wrote:

“Sad to announce that I won’t be playing in Miami, a city that I love. I need to fully recover and get ready for the clay-court season in Europe. Special message to my fans in the US and in particular to the great Spanish-speaking community FL who always give me great support!”

Rafael Nadal got the injury at the ATP cup that preceded the Australian Opens. This resulted in him missing all of the ATP Spain’s ties for the cup before eventually reaching the quarter-finals of the Melbourne Park grand slam. He lost to fifth-ranked Stefanos Tsitsipas in that quarterfinal. He went through the competition with a back problem that seems to have been more aggravated.

Nadal is setting his sights on a fifth consecutive French Open title. He will prepare for the Red Clay of Roland that begins in May and is now focusing on recovery and training.He has also withdrawn from all other competitions that are to be held in Rotterdam and Dubai.Nadal has reached the Miami Opens final 5 times but the title has been elusive. His most recent final was back in 2017 where he lost to Roger Federer with a 6-3, 6-4 defeat.

Nadal is currently ranked third in the world behind Novak Djokovic and Daniel Medvedev. He has won a record-breaking 13 times at the Roland Garros and hence earned the nickname the King of Clay.
In other news former champion, Andy Murray was granted a wild card for the Miami Opens.

The Brit will be trying to reclaim the title having won it two times in 2009 and 2013. He has been out of action due to numerous injuries that have led to his world ranking dropping to 116th.