Injured Rafael Nadal to miss Indian Wells and Miami Open tournaments

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Spain's Rafael Nadal pauses during an exhibition match the day before the start of the Mexico ATP 500 Tennis Open in Acapulco, Guerrero state, Mexico on February 25, 2018. Rafael Nadal's withdrawal from Acapulco, Indian Wells and Miami ensures that Federer will be uninterrupted in his continuity.

The ATP tour will head to California, United States after the entertaining Dubai Duty Free championship over the past week ahead of the clay court season.

Nadal made the announcement Friday on Facebook.

The 31-year-old, who claimed two Grand Slam titles last year and finished the season as the world No 1, will aim to make a successful defence of his French Open crown in May and secure a 17th Grand Slam crown, but Petchey admits Nadal's current injury travails will be "disheartening".

The second-ranked Spanish star hasn't played since retiring in the quarterfinals of the Australian Open in late January.

He has yet to play since Melbourne having now retired or pulled out of eight consecutive events.

"I am sure that some of the reason for not playing both Indian Wells and Miami is to give him the best chance possible of staying fit and healthy".

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GETTYRafael Nadal in the press conference announcing his retirement

Another big name that won't feature in the Indian Wells betting odds next week is Wawrinka.

Nadal pulled out of the Paris Masters after the third round.

Wawrinka's 2017 season was cut short following a knee operation back in August. The Swiss has only one French Open title among his 20 Grand Slams.

Warwinka shed light on his decision to withdraw from the Indian Wells Masters.

"I'm working hard on and off court and hope to be back within a few weeks". The setbacks meant that he did not have enough practice before the Australian Open, which exacerbated his injury issues.

His compatriot Roger Federer is the defending Indian Wells champion.

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