“Hello everyone, I’m still not ready to compete at the highest level. I won’t be able to play in one of the most important tournaments of my career, Monte Carlo,” Nadal said in a message on his Twitter account.
“I am not yet in a position to play with the maximum guarantees and I continue my preparation process, hoping to return soon,” added the Spanish tennis player, number 14 in the world, who won the tournament eleven times.
Nadal, who was already absent in Indian Wells and the Miami Masters 1000, expected to return to competition in Monaco for the clay season, but has finally decided to delay his return to the courts a little longer.
The Spaniard has not competed since he lost in the second round in Australia against the American Mackenzie McDonald (January 18), a match in which Nadal suffered a “grade 2 injury to the iliopsoas” of his left leg, with a recovery period Estimated between “6 to 8 weeks”.
Nadal, who had published some photos of himself training on clay at his academy on March 28, is announced for the Barcelona Tournament, which takes place from April 15 to 23.
The new sensation of Spanish tennis, Carlos Alcaraz, who was announced as a favorite and who returned touched from his participation in the Miami Tournament, will not be in Monte Carlo either.
“I finished my semifinal match in Miami with discomfort. After visiting my doctor in Murcia today and being evaluated, I will not be able to go to Monte Carlo to start the tour of the ground,” Alcaraz said Tuesday on his social networks.
“I have post-traumatic arthritis in my left hand and muscular discomfort in the spine that needs rest to face everything that is to come,” added the young Spanish tennis player.
Alcaraz returned to Spain after losing in the semifinal of the Miami Tournament against the Italian Jannik Sinner, in a match in which he ended up with cramps
Alcaraz, who stated that he felt “sad to end my semifinal match with discomfort”, did not specify when he could return to the courts, nor did Rafa Nadal.