World No. 2 Rafael Nadal on Tuesday announced that he would not be participating in the ATP Cup match against Alex de Minaur and Australia.
Nadal was due to play the second singles against Alex De Minaur in Spain’s tie against hosts Australia at the Rod Laver Arena but pulled out hours before his match.
“Hi all, we have decided with #TeamSpain and my team, to not play today the first match of the @ATPCup here in #Melbourne since I have a stiff low back,” Nadal said on Twitter. “Hopefully I`ll be better for Thursday.”
Hi all, we have decided with #TeamSpain and my team, to not play today the first match of the @ATPCup here in #Melbourne since I have a stiff low back. Hopefully I’ll be better for Thursday. We have a strong team, all the to @pablocarreno91 @BautistaAgut & @M_Granollers #vamos 🇪🇸
— Rafa Nadal (@RafaelNadal) February 2, 2021
The Spaniard was one of the top players who quarantined in Adelaide for 14 days after their arrival Down Under.
Nadal defeated World Number 3 Dominic Thiem 7-5 6-4 on Friday in a highly entertaining exhibition match that ended his isolation.
Spain’s Roberto Bautista Agut will now clash against de Minaur, while Australia’s John Millman will square off against Pablo Carreno Busta on Tuesday.
The winner of the Australia and Spain tie will be favoured to advance into the ATP Cup semi-finals.