Rafael Nadal has pulled out of the 44th ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament. His docters advised him to take a period of rest after his efforts in Australia, thus preventing injuries as in 2016.
Rafael Nadal: "I am very sorry to announce I won't be able to play in Rotterdam next week. After last year's absence from some tournaments, I started this season well and made a significant effort during the Australian swing.
It's because of this that my doctors have strongly advised me to take it easy and give enough rest to my body before competing again to avoid further injuries. I fully understand that the Dutch fans will be disapointed. I am very thankful to Richard for the great support and understanding."
Tournament Director Richard Krajicek: "It is obviuosly a big setback for us that he is not playing. We were, just as all the tennisfans, strongly looking forward to seeing him in action in Rotterdam. We immediately tried to get a proper replacement for him, but that proved impossible.
In a short period we have contacted the complete top-five and Roger Federer, but unfortunately none of them was available on such a short notice."
With the withdrawal of Rafael Nadal, Marin Cilic is now the top seed in Rotterdam. the world's number 7 is followed by Dominic Thiem.
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