Rafael Nadal withdraws from Rome Masters due to hip injury: ‘I will not be able to be in Rome’


A lingering hip injury has forced Rafael Nadal to pull out of next week’s Rome Masters tennis tournament.

The 22-time Grand Slam winner originally suffered the grade 2 injury to his left hip flexor in January during the Australian Open. He ultimately lost in the second round of the tournament, marking his earliest Grand Slam exit since 2016.

Nadal, who is a 10-time Rome Masters champion, revealed Friday that his hip has taken longer than expected to fully heal.

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Rafael Nadal plays a backhand at the Australian Open

Rafael Nadal of Spain plays a backhand against Jack Draper of Great Britain during day one of the 2023 Australian Open at Melbourne Park in Melbourne, Australia, on Jan. 16, 2023. (Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

“I’m very sorry to announce that I will not be able to be in Rome,” the 36-year-old said in a statement on social media.

“You all know how much it hurts to miss another one of the tournaments that have marked my professional and personal career for all the love and support of the Italian tifosi.”

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He added that the slow recovery has prevented him from training at a high level.

“Despite having noticed an improvement in recent days, there have been many months without having been able to train at a high level and the readaptation process has its times and I have no choice but to accept them and continue working,” said Nadal.

Rafael Nadal exits the Australian Open

Rafael Nadal acknowledges the crowd after his match against Mackenzie McDonald at the 2023 Australian Open at Melbourne Park in Melbourne, Australia, on Jan. 18, 2023. (Bai Xuefei/Xinhua via Getty Images)

Two weeks ago, Nadal decided to withdraw from the Madrid Open because of the issues he was experiencing with his hip.

The French Open is set to begin May 28. Nadal has dominated at Roland Garros, where he is a 14-time winner.

Rafael Nadal takes a break

Rafael Nadal of Spain takes a break in his round two singles match against Mackenzie McDonald of the United States during day three of the 2023 Australian Open at Melbourne Park in Melbourne, Australia, on Jan. 18, 2023. (Andy Cheung/Getty Images)

He has competed in the tournament every year since 2005, but the current condition of his hip cast doubt of his participation for this year. He has not publicly revealed whether he will play in Paris later this month.

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Nadal was previously the top-ranked player in the world, but he currently sits in the No. 14 spot. It marks the first time Nadal has fallen outside the top 10 in 18 years.



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