Nadal (hip) pulls out of Indian Wells, Miami Open

INDIAN WELLS, Calif. — Rafael Nadal pulled out of upcoming tournaments in Indian Wells and Miami because of the left hip flexor injury that has sidelined him since the Australian Open.

The 22-time Grand Slam champion announced the withdrawals Tuesday on Twitter.

“I am sad that I won’t be able to compete at Indian Wells nor Miami,” Nadal posted. “Very sad not to be there. I’ll miss all my US fans but I hope to see them later this year during the summer swing.”

Nadal said that he has started “rehab, gym and physiotherapy as instructed by the doctors” so that he can “come back in the best conditions.”

Nadal is a three-time winner at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, where main draw play begins on March 8.

The 36-year-old from Spain hurt his hip flexor during a second-round loss at Melbourne Park to Mackenzie McDonald of the United States in January.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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