Through his social media profiles, in particular the Twitter one, Rafael Nadal has announced that he will not play the first match of the ATP Cup 2021. Here is the following message from the Spaniard: "Hello everyone, I have decided with Spain and my team not to play my first match today for the ATP Cup.
I am forced to forfeit due to a back problem and I hope to be better for the next race on Thursday. We have a strong team, I wish Pablo Carreno Busta the best." Rafael Nadal has many commitments at the start of the season and on Thursday with Spain he will be involved in the last match of the group against Stefanos Tsitsipas' Greece.
At the end of the ATP Cup then there will immediately be the Australian Open, a tournament where Rafa is among the favorites and certainly aims to achieve the record of 21 Grand Slam titles. Both at the ATP Cup and at the Australian Open on Nadal's path there will be world number one Novak Djokovic, who appeared from the first bars of this year in great shape.
Here is the post of the Iberian on his social networks:
"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 Spain!" The number two in the world and Spanish number one tennis player Rafael Nadal has announced through social media that he will not participate in the debut match at the ATP Cup of his nation, the match between numbers one that should have seen him protagonist together with the Australian Alex De Minaur.
Last year Nadal and De Minaur were the protagonists of a great match right here at the ATP Cup where Rafael Nadal won the victory after three hard-fought sets and where Alex De Minaur showed everyone much of his talent. A revolutionized program with regard to the challenge between Spain and Australia with the number two of the respective countries who will now be John Millman and the Spaniard Pablo Carreno Busta while Roberto Bautista will replace the twenty-time winner of Grand Slam titles and will therefore face De Minaur.
Regarding the quarantine, Rafa said: "We must limit ourselves to following the instructions that will be communicated to us, as we do not have the necessary knowledge to know what is right. At the same time, I must admit that it would not be easy to face another two weeks of quarantine for play the Olympics. We have a really busy schedule."