Rafael Nadal has withdrawn from next week’s Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell, with the 12-time champion explaining he is not yet ready to return to competitive action after suffering a leg injury at January’s Australian Open.

“Barcelona is a tournament that is special for me,”

“I’m still not ready and I’m continuing my preparation process for the return to competition.”

Wrote Nadal, who suffered a grade 2 injury in the iliopsoas muscle of his left leg in Melbourne, in Spanish on social media.

Nadal holds a 66-4 record in Barcelona, where Carlos Alcaraz is the top seed at the clay-court ATP 500 event, which runs from 17-23 April.

Source: ATP

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