Nadal spent over a month recovering from the hip injury that forced
him out of the Australian Open, only for the injury to flare up again
during a training session with Adrian Mannarino, one day before he was
due to start his campaign in Acapulco.
In an interview with El Pais, Nadal's long-time physician Angel Ruiz
Cotorro said that they are adopting a very cautious approach to the
latest setback in the hopes of being fit and ready for the clay-court
"When you are about to compete and in your first training session (and) this happens, obviously it influences you and it's hard," Cotorro
"It's in a muscle and not in a tendon, which would have been much
"The negative thing is that pain is back in an already affected zone
and this is not something unusual. Rafa was practicing in a normal way
and everything was going well. We need to be optimistic, because we have
always been so, but also realistic and now, seeing what happened, we
have to be as cautious as possible.
"Rafa will be back when he will be doing well."
Cotorro said everyone was hopeful that Nadal would be back in time to compete on his favourite surface.
"We hope that he will be recovered for the clay-court season, that's the goal." he said.
"Rafa should rest for two or three weeks, then have a progressive
recovery, but it always depends on how everything works. You have to
monitor this injury closely, so we will go week-by-week, without