Rafael Nadal put off his return to the tennis tour because he isn't yet healthy enough to play, announcing that he will sit out next week's Qatar Open. The 37-year-old Spaniard is scheduled to participate in an exhibition match with Carlos Alcaraz on March 3, then head to Indian Wells, California, for the hard-court tournament there next month. Nadal played in three matches at the Brisbane International in early January — his first competitive action in nearly a full year — but then pulled out of the Australian Open and hasn't been back since. Qatar Open 2024: Naomi Osaka Edges Past Petra Martic; Lesia Tsurenko Upsets Ons Jabeur.

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He hurt his hip flexor during the Australian Open in 2023, and eventually needed surgery, missing the rest of last season. Nadal has indicated this year might be the last of his career, and he's pointed to the French Open — where he won 14 of his 22 Grand Slam titles — as his focus.

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