Citing bad back, Rafael Nadal out of Rotterdam tournament

Rafael Nadal has pulled out of next week’s hard-court tournament at Rotterdam, Netherlands, because of the bad back that bothered him during the Australian Open. The 20-time Grand Slam champion wrote in a series of posts on Twitter that he visited his doctor when he got back to Spain from Australia and has been advised not to play in Rotterdam. His practice time was limited before and during the Australian Open. He lost there in the quarterfinals to Stefanos Tsitsipas in five sets. Nadal is currently ranked No. 2 behind Novak Djokovic. He would have been the top seed at Rotterdam.