Rafael Nadal pulls out of his next event due to ‘ongoing’ back problem

Rafael Nadal disappointed

Rafael Nadal has withdrawn from the ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament due to an ongoing back injury.

The world No.2 battled through the pain barrier to play at the Australian Open earlier this month, but he has opted to withdraw from the event in Holland due to his back issues.

“It is with great sadness that I have to forfeit from Rotterdam,” said Nadal. “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.

“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.”

Australian Open finalist Daniil Medvedev will be joined by Stefanos Tsitsipas, Alexander Zverev, Andrey Rublev, Gael Monfils, Roberto Bautista Agut, Milos Raonic, David Goffin, Felix Auger-Aliassime, Stan Wawrinka, Karen Khachanov and Andy Murray for a star-studded tournament that gets underway next week.

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