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‘Sad’ Nadal withdraws from ATP Indian Wells comeback


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Rafael Nadal abandoned his planned ATP Tour comeback at the Indian Wells Masters on Wednesday, saying he was not ready for the demands of tournament tennis on the eve of his opening match in California.

The Spanish icon's bombshell decision came four days after the 37yearold lost a Las Vegas exhibition to compatriot and World No. 2 Carlos Alcaraz.

Nadal missed almost all of the 2023 season with abdominal and other injuries and has played only the Brisbane Internatio­nal this

Nadal says he is not ready for the demands of tournament tennis.

season, where he suffered a flareup of a hip injury.

The 22time Grand Slam champion had been due to open at Indian Wells on Thursday against Canada's former Wimbledon finalist Milos Raonic.

"It is with great sadness

that I have to withdraw from this amazing tournament at Indian Wells," Nadal said in a statement.

"I have been working hard ... but I don't find myself ready to play at the highest level at such an important event.

"It is not an easy decision, it's a tough one as a matter of fact but I can't lie to myself and lie to the thousands of fans.

"I will miss you all and I am sure the tournament will be a great success."

Nagal in main draw

Sumit Nagal has advanced to the main draw of the BNP Paribas Open as a 'lucky loser' after Nadal withdrew from the event.

The 26yearold Nagal had lost in the second round of the qualifying tournament but got the big break as he was the highest ranked player in that draw. He is currently placed 101st in the ATP rankings and was entitled to go through in case of a lastminute main draw withdrawal.

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