Rafael Nadal has withdrawn from the Internazionali BNL d’Italia. The 10-time Rome champion has been dealing with a leg injury that he suffered at the Australian Open in January.
“Hello everyone! I’m so sorry to announce that I won’t be able to play in Rome,” wrote Nadal in Spanish on social media. “You all know how much it hurts me to miss another of the tournaments that has been so important to me, both professionally and personally, because of all the affection and support of the Italian fans.
“Despite having noticed an improvement in the last few days, it has been many months since I’ve been able to train at a high level and the adaptation process takes time. All that is left for me to do is accept it and keep working. Best wishes to everyone.”
¡Hola a todos!
Siento mucho anunciar que no voy a poder estar en Roma. Todos sabéis cuánto me duele perderme otro de los torneos que han marcado mi carrera profesional y personal por todo el cariño y apoyo de los tifosi italianos. pic.twitter.com/attH8MQWU4
— Rafa Nadal (@RafaelNadal) May 5, 2023
In Nadal’s first three appearances (2005-07) at the ATP Masters 1000 event in Italy, the Spaniard won a trio of titles and tallied a 17-match winning streak. The Spaniard last won the Rome title in 2021 and boasts a 69-8 event record.
The 10-time Rome champion won’t make it to the Internazionali BNL d’Italia.
We all give you a long distance hug @RafaelNadal 🙌🏻#IBI23 pic.twitter.com/LmuZyOSpT7
— Internazionali BNL d’Italia (@InteBNLdItalia) May 5, 2023
The 36-year-old has not played since falling in the second round of the Australian Open.