2/26/13 2:02 PM | Johan Lindahl
Rafael Nadal may be poised to announce his return home to Spain after this week's Acapulco clay event.
The Spaniard's aching knees look to be preventing him from venturing onto hardcourt for the Masters 1000 pair of tournaments in the US in March.
Spain's Marca sports daily reported that the No. 5 will miss the hardcourt spring, which precedes the start of the French Open buildup on European clay in April.
Nadal missed seven months of ATP play with his chronic knee injuries, but ventured back onto the clay this month, playing a final in Chile and winning a title in Brazil. He is competing in Acapulco this week as second seed behind compatriot David Ferrer, the man who replaced him on fourth in the ATP rankings.
“It's better and I've been able to compete but it's still bothering me,” Nadal said of his injured left knee. “It's better on some days and worse on others, which isn't ideal for someone like me, because my idea of competing is based on giving it all at all times.”
There was no word on the fate of Nadal's exhibition next Monday in New York against Juan Martin Del Potro on a fast indoor hardcourt surface.
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