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Rafael Nadal pulls out of Miami Open because of back issue

2021 Australian Open: Day 10

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - FEBRUARY 17: Rafael Nadal of Spain plays a backhand during his Men’s Singles Quarterfinals match against Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece during day 10 of the 2021 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on February 17, 2021 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Andy Cheung/Getty Images)

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MIAMI -- Rafael Nadal pulled out of the Miami Open on Tuesday because of the bad back that bothered him during the Australian Open.

The hard-court tournament begins next Tuesday.

“For the moment I need to fully recover from my back problem and start to get ready for the upcoming clay court season in Europe,” Nadal said in a statement.

The 20-time Grand Slam champion earlier withdrew from this month’s tournament at Rotterdam, Netherlands. At the Australian Open he lost in the quarterfinals to Stefanos Tsitsipas.