Needing rest after Aussie Open, Rafael Nadal pulls out of Rotterdam

by: AP | February 09, 2017

Share to Facebook Share to Twitter Email
Share to Facebook Share to Twitter Email

Rafael Nadal says his doctors advised rest "to give my body time to recover before I play matches again." (AP)

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Australian Open finalist Rafael Nadal has pulled out of next week's ABN Amro tennis tournament, saying he needs to rest.

Organizers say the top-seeded Spaniard's doctors told him to take it easy after his surprise run in Melbourne that ended in a five-set loss to Roger Federer.

In a statement, Nadal says his doctors advised rest "to give my body time to recover before I play matches again."

Tournament director Richard Krajicek says he tried unsuccessfully to get Federer or a top-five ranked player to replace Nadal.

On Tuesday, Stan Wawrinka pulled out of the tournament with a knee injury.

Share to Facebook Share to Twitter Email

More Stories

Last Year Today: Serena Williams stuns in 'incomparable' WSJ spread

The camera truly let Serena's personality and presence do the communicating.  

Born with no lower left arm, Alex Hunt earns first ATP ranking point

The 23-year-old played college tennis in the U.S., and is ranked No. 49 in New Zealand. 

Eight-time champ Federer tops Zverev to reach Halle quarterfinal

The 35-year-old Swiss next plays defending champion Florian Mayer.