Rafael Nadal will not participate in the Masters tournament in Miami next week.

The 34-year-old Spaniard still suffers too much from a back injury that he has been struggling with all year.

"It pains me to tell you that I will not be playing in Miami, a city I love. I have to make a full recovery first and then focus on the clay court season in Europe," Nadal wrote on Twitter on Tuesday.

The twenty-time Grand Slam winner dropped the ATP Cup in Melbourne at the beginning of this year because of his back pain, but 'just' came into action at the Australian Open in February.

The 2009 winner was eliminated in five sets in the quarterfinals by Stéfanos Tsitsipás.

Since then, Nadal has not taken action.

'Rafa' signed out for the ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament, in which he would participate for the first time since 2009, and decided not to play in Acapulco and Dubai.

The prestigious Miami hard court tournament is therefore still too early.

Partly due to his absence and results of this year, Nadal lost his second place in the world ranking to Daniil Medvedev on Monday.

It is the first time since 2017 that the 'clay king' is no longer in the top two in the world.

Nadal is now focusing on the clay court season, which for him normally starts in the week of April 12 with the Masters tournament in Monte Carlo.

At the end of May, Roland Garros will start, the Grand Slam tournament that Nadal has already won thirteen times.

Sad to announce that I won't be playing in Miami, a city that I love.

I need to fully recover and get ready for the clay court season in Europe.

Special message to my fans in the US and in particular to the great Spanish speaking community FL who always give me a great support! 💪🏻

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Avatar Author RafaelNadal Moment of places 16: 15-16 March 2021