Rafael Nadal has withdrawn from the Barcelona Open, his team said in a statement.
It was announced in mid-March that the 21-time Grand Slam winner would be out for four to six weeks with a cracked rib suffered during the Indian Wells final loss against Taylor Fritz.
And he has now withdrawn from the Barcelona Open, which runs from April 18 to 24.
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"Rafa has just been withdrawn from the entry list in Barcelona," his team told Reuters.
"We don't know yet when he will be at his first tournament on clay this year. Hopefully, soon."
The injury has cast a shadow on Nadal’s participation at the French Open – the Spaniard’s favoured Grand Slam – which begins on May 22.
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It was all going so well for Nadal at the start of 2022 after securing 21 straight wins and a record-breaking Australian Open crown in Melbourne, but that run was halted following a defeat to Taylor Fritz at the Indian Wells Final.
The Spaniard has already missed the curtain-raiser for the clay season in Monte Carlo, and will now miss another event on the ATP circuit.
Should the four-to-six week diagnosis prove to be correct, then Nadal's return could be at the Madrid Open on May 1.
This is then followed by the Italian Open on May 8, before the ATP 250 events in Geneva and Lyon (May 15) and then the aforementioned French Open a week later.
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