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Tennis: Nadal to miss Indian Wells and Miami after recent return to court

Published on Feb 26, 2013 8:44 PM
 
Rafael Nadal will miss next month's ATP World Tour Masters Series events in Miami and Indian Wells, the Madrid sports daily Marca reported on Tuesday, Feb 26, 2013. -- FILE PHOTO: REUTERS

MADRID (AFP) - Rafael Nadal will miss next month's ATP World Tour Masters Series events in Miami and Indian Wells, the Madrid sports daily Marca reported on Tuesday.

The 11-time grand slam champion has only recently returned to the court after a seven-month injury lay-off with a persistent knee problem but has decided to only play on clay courts as he prepares his bid for an eighth French Open title in May.

Nadal, who begins his campaign at the Mexico Open in Acapulco later on Tuesday against Argentine Diego Schwartzman, won the Brazil Open in just his second tournament since his return a fortnight ago.

But he admitted on arriving in Mexico that his knee was still was not 100 per cent.

 
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