ATP 500 of Rotterdam is not definitely one of the luckiest tournament ever. In 2016 Roger Federer had withdrawn due to a knee surgery, and this year it didn't go well to the organizers too. After Stan Wawrinka's forfeit due to a knee injury, also Rafael Nadal is forced to pull out of the event.
It was the Spaniard player himself to explain his withdrawal. 'I am very sorry to announce I won't be able to play in Rotterdam next week', Rafa said through a statement. 'After last year's absence from some tournaments, I started this season well and made a significant effort during the Australian swing.
It's because of this that my doctors have strongly advised me to take it easy and give enough rest to my body before competing again to avoid further injuries. I fully understand that the Dutch fans will be disapointed.
I am very thankful to Richard for the great support and understanding.' It's a surprising withdrawal for Rafa, who had cameback to practice already four days after playing the final in Melbourne. He should comeback on the ATP Tour in Acapulco, that starts on 27 February.
The tournament director Richard Krajicek said that he is very sorry for Nadal's absence. 'It is obviuosly a big setback for us that he is not playing. We were, just as all the tennisfans, strongly looking forward to seeing him in action in Rotterdam.
We immediately tried to get a proper replacement for him, but that proved impossible. In a short period we have contacted the complete top-five and Roger Federer, but unfortunately none of them was available on such a short notice.' With the withdrawal of Rafael Nadal, Marin Cilic is now the top seed in Rotterdam.
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