Rafael Nadal announced on Instagram on Thursday that he will not be taking part in the Madrid Masters 1000 from Monday due to a hip injury from which he still has not recovered just over a month from Roland- Garros.
“The injury is still not healed and I haven’t been able to work enough to be able to play competitively”, explains in a video posted on Instagram the Spaniard, who was injured at the Australian Open in January.
Nadal has already had to give up the first two tournaments of his season on clay, in Monte Carlo and Barcelona, because of this injury to the psoas, a flexor muscle of the hip. Roland-Garros, where he is aiming for a 15th title, begins on May 28.
“The situation is not what we had hoped for. We followed all the medical prescriptions, but for some unknown reason, the injury did not evolve as we had been told at the beginning and we ended up find themselves in a difficult situation,” added the Mallorcan, who initially hoped to resume after six to eight weeks.
At the twilight of his career, Nadal, holder of the record for Grand Slam victories (22) with Novak Djokovic, hopes to celebrate his 37th birthday at Roland-Garros on June 3.