Nadal Withdraws From Miami

( March 17, 2013) Rafael Nadal has withdrawn from The Sony Open in Miami, the tournament announced on Sunday afternoon.


Sony Open Statement Regarding Rafael Nadal Withdrawal
The Sony Open has been notified by the ATP that Rafael Nadal has officially withdrawn for the event. The event is not aware of the reasons for Nadal’s withdrawal. All inquiries/questions should be made to the ATP World Tour.Adam Barrett, Tournament Director, Sony Open Tennis“We are disappointed to hear the news that Rafael Nadal will not be competing in Miami this year, especially given his strong results since his return to the Tour. He is a tremendous ambassador for the game and has thousands of adoring fans here in South Florida. We wish him well and hope to see him back in Miami next year. The Sony Open is looking forward to a tremendous two weeks of tennis with the likes of two-time defending Australian Open men’s champion Novak Djokovic, defending Olympic gold medalist and US Open men’s champion Andy Murray, 2013 Australian Open women’s champion Victoria Azarenka, reigning French Open women’s champion Maria Sharapova and defending Wimbledon, US Open and Olympic champion Serena Williams competing against the rest of the world’s best players here in Miami”.

Rafael Nadal from his Indian Wells News Conference:

“I cannot go to Miami. I’m very sad for that. I’m very sorry for the organization of the tournament and I’m very sorry for the fans, but we never thought we’d be able to play all matches possible since I came back.

“The doctors recommend me to be back home for a few weeks and rest a little bit and keep practicing the right way. You know, I need more power on the left leg quadriceps, so I need to keep working hard. The competition is hard for the body, so after four fantastic weeks I can’t go to Miami. I need to prepare and rest for the next one.”