“No drama, no controversy, just pulling out of an event on time “: Tennis fans hail Rafael Nadal for timely withdrawal from Monte-Carlo…

 

Rafael Nadal’s incredible 2022 season hit an unfortunate roadblock a few days ago, as the Spaniard was diagnosed with a rib stress fracture following his 2022 Indian Wells Masters campaign.

Afterlosing his first match of the year against Taylor Fritz in the final to finish the early hardcourt swing with a mind-blowing 20-1 record, the World No. 3 is expected to sit out the next 4-6 weeks as a result.

 

What is even more frustrating about the injury is the timing of it. The Mallorcan has been forced to skip some of his favorite tournaments on the clay swing, with questions even looming about his participation in his raison d’être — the French Open.

 

Thefour-week period coincides with the Monte-Carlo Masters (April 10-17) and the Barcelona Open (April 18-24), two tournaments the former World No. 1 has won 11 and 12 times each respectively till date. While Nadal is yet to pull out of the latter, he has officially withdrawn from the former, and his place in the main draw has been taken up by World No. 49 Benoit Paire.

 

Theofficial announcement was not surprising in the slightest, as it was only a matter of time before he was taken out of the tournament.

But that did not stop fans of the 21-time Grand Slam champion from taking to Twitter to lament the sight of their favorite player missing out on the ATP 1000 event.

“Clay without Nadal is like religion without God,” one fan boldly declared

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