Rafael Nadal practices on clay-courts, after Indian Wells shocking withdrawal!

A few days after withdrawing from Indian Wells, the Spaniard started training again in view of his beloved clay-season

by Lorenzo Ciotti
Rafael Nadal practices on clay-courts, after Indian Wells shocking withdrawal!
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A few days have passed since the shocking announcement with which Rafael Nadal shared another skip of a tennis tournament. The Spanish champion is not still ready to take to the court, due to the physical problem that occurred in the quarter-finals of the Brisbane Interational.

After playing The Netflix Slam exhibition in Las Vegas - just when everyone was waiting to see him compete in an official tournament - Rafa announced his withdrawal from the BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells.

But Nadal did not give up, despite yet another blow to the final part of his legendary career. The Spanish champion has already resumed training, ahead of Indian Wells, on his beloved clay courts. A very clear clue also as to why Rafa decided to skip the first ATP Masters 1000 of the season.

Nadal's real goal is to compete at the highest level (perhaps for the last time) in clay swing, giving himself one last chance to win the Roland Garros (and the Paris Olympic Games).

Through an Instagram story, the Spanish legend posted a photo in which he clearly made it clear that he was back training on clay-courts.

"Clay... Tierra...," wrote Nadal.

Rafa withdraws from Indian Wells

"With great sadness I have to announce my withdrawal from this fantastic tournament. Everyone knows how much I love playing in the desert and how much I love being here at Indian Wells and also for this reason I arrived much earlier to be able to train.

I've worked hard and done some tests but I'm not ready to take part in such an important event. It's not an easy decision, in fact it's very difficult for me but I can't lie to myself and above all to all my fans. I will miss you all and I am sure that the tournament will be a great success."

With these words, Nadal motivated his withdrawal from the first seasonal ATP Masters 1000. Many hoped to see him back on the pitch, it now seemed like a matter of hours but instead everything will be postponed again.

As previously mentioned, Nadal returned to Brisbane this year after a long break but suffered a new injury in his second match against Australian Jordan Thompson.

We saw Rafa on the court in the exhibition against Carlos Alcaraz in Las Vegas and many fans had the hope of seeing him also in the Californian tournament, but in the end there was nothing to be done and a few hours ago but Rafa subsequently announced his withdrawal from the tournament.

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