Rafael Nadal trains for the Monte Carlos Rolex Masters

The Spanish champion is trying to resume his season, after the troubled first three months of 2024

by Lorenzo Ciotti
Rafael Nadal trains for the Monte Carlos Rolex Masters
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In the latest hours, Rafael Nadal published a video that sparked hope in his fans, after the traumatic start of 2024.

In the video, the Spanish champion is engaged in a training session on the green clay of the courts owned by Larry Ellison, the owner of the ATP Master 1000 in Indian Wells. Nadal appeared quite energetic, hitting both forehand and backhand with a certain intensity, with Marc Lopez as his sparring partner.

Rafa himself shared the video on his social media accounts, sending a positive message to his fans: the hope is to see him play at the Monte Carlo Rolex Masters.

The news of Rafa Nadal's withdrawal from Indian Wells was a hard blow for the Majorcan's fans, who were hoping for his return to the field after his season-ending injury.

A few hours ahead of his first round, however, the 22-time Slam champion announced his withdrawal, raising some suspicions about his real physical condition.

Rafael Nadal out from Indian Wells but in for Monte Carlo

The latest updates suggest the possibility that the former world number one could return to the field at the Monte Carlo Rolex Masters, the first ATP Masters 1000 tournament of the clay court season, for which the Spaniard is registered using his protected ranking.

After his appearance in the super exhibition match played in Las Vegas on March 3 against Carlos Alcaraz, Nadal seemed ready to take to the court in the United States. However, the Spanish champion announced with great regret on his social media that he was forced to give up the American swing.

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Rafael Nadal© Chris Unger / Stringer Getty Images Sport

These are his messages on Instagram: "It is with great sadness that I have to withdraw from this fantastic Indian Wells tournament. Everyone knows how much I love this place and how much I love playing here. This is also one of the reasons why I came very early to the desert to train and try to prepare.

However, after working hard and having a test last weekend I don't feel ready to play at my highest level in such an important tournament. This isn't an easy decision, but I can't lie to myself and thousands of fans. I will miss you very much and I am sure that the tournament will still be a great success."

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