Record 20-time Grand Slam champion Rafael Nadal has revealed that his doctors advised him to skip Rotterdam and that's one of the main reasons behind his decision to skip the next week's event. Nadal, ranked at No.
2 in the world, was hampered by a back issue in Australia and he missed the ATP Cup but he was able to play the Australian Open. Nadal struggled with his back in the opening matches at Melbourne Park but his condition improved in the second week.
Though his condition improved in the second week, Nadal didn't manage to win it all as he blew a two-set lead against Stefanos Tsitsipas in the quarterfinal. ''It is with great sadness that I have to forfeit from Rotterdam.
As most of the fans know, I suffered some back problems in Australia that started in Adelaide and continued during Melbourne. We found a temporary solution that allowed me to play without pain in the second week of the tournament.
Once I got back to Spain I visited my doctor and together with my team they’ve advised not to play this upcoming week. I was really looking forward to coming back to Rotterdam and The Netherlands since it’s been a while I played there,'' Nadal announced on his Twitter account.
Nadal won't be making his third appearance in Rotterdam
Nadal, 34, made the Rotterdam round-of-16 in his debut appearance at the event in 2008. The Spaniard returned to the tournament the following year and ended runner-up to Andy Murray.
''This was the perfect year for my calendar. I hope to come back and play there soon. All the best to the tournament, always a top class event,'' Nadal added. Daniil Medvedev will be the top seed in Rotterdam next week.
''Unfortunately, Rafael Nadal is forced to pull out of the 48th ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament. The back problems that started in Australia prevent him from playing next week. Daniil Medvedev, number 3 in the ATP Rankings, is now the top seed in the tournamen,'' the tournament announced.