0407 GMT February 18, 2020
Earlier this week, the Spanish superstar pulled out of the Mexican Open, atpworldtour.com reported.
The world No. 2 announced the news via Facebook on Friday, stating, “I'm sorry to write this, but my worst possible scenario has been confirmed. The injury I suffered during training right before Acapulco is in the same basic area as the injury I suffered in Melbourne [during the Australian Open].
“I won't be playing at Indian Wells or in Miami and the goal going forward is to recover in time for the clay-court season. It hurts to retire in Acapulco, where I get so much support, but it's also painful not to be with my fans in the US for the American swing in March, something that has always been important to me.”
The 31-year-old Nadal is a three-time former champion in Indian Wells (2007, 2009 and 2013) and has reached five Miami finals (2005, 2008, 2011, 2014 and 2017).
“We are disappointed that Rafa will not be able to compete for the title at this year’s BNP Paribas Open,” said Tommy Haas, the Indian Wells Tournament Director.
“We wish him all the best for a speedy recovery, and hope to see him back in action at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden next year.”
In his only tournament appearance in 2018, Nadal reached the Australian Open quarterfinals in January, retiring at 0-2 in the fifth set against eventual finalist Marin Cilic.
Because Nadal will only drop 90 ATP Rankings points following a fourth-round exit in 2017, he could return to No. 1 in the ATP Rankings on March 19 after the BNP Paribas Open.
Current World No. 1 Roger Federer, who is defending 1000 points after winning the Indian Wells title last year, must reach the semifinals to hold onto top spot.