World number one Rafael Nadal will miss the French Open after withdrawing from the tournament with a right wrist injury.
The news of the Spaniard’s withdrawal came just 48 hours after he retained his Italian Open title with a straight sets victory over David Goffin.
Also missing is world number two Novak Djokovic, who pulled out of the Madrid Open with a wrist injury.
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Nadal had overcome a wrist injury sustained at the Monte Carlo Masters earlier this year to enter the clay season in top form. The form had continued with three straight victories heading into the Italian Open, before the wrist flared up against Goffin.
Defending French Open champion and world number three Stan Wawrinka defeated Wawrinka before beating Djokovic 6-4, 6-2 in the Madrid Open final. Wawrinka will serve as the tournament’s headline act in Rome.
Djokovic, 28, went down to Guillermo Garcia-Lopez at the Monte Carlo Masters and the injury to his right wrist prevented him from playing at the Italian Open, where he lost in straight sets to Wawrinka in the final.
Sergio Garcia won his first Masters 1000 title at the Barcelona Open, defeating Dominic Thiem 7-6 (7-4), 6-1.
David Goffin won the Barcelona Open, beating Dominic Thiem 7-6 (7-4), 6-1.
Meanwhile, The Players Championship was cancelled following Hurricane Matthew last October.
This year’s Masters 1000 tournament was scheduled to take place from 7-11 April at Augusta National, where Tiger Woods plans to compete for a 10th consecutive Masters.
A spokesperson for Augusta National said the Tournament would not return “given the untimely cancellation of The Players in Florida this past October and the subsequent need to take the course out of competition.”
The match will be held at another golf course in 2018.
Roland Garros will return from 20th – 24th June 2017 with the Roland Garros Open, organised by the Federation International de Tennis du Parquet.
This year, the tournament will be shown on television in the UK for the first time as part of a five-year broadcast deal with Sky Sports.
The Tennis World Cup takes place for one week in July in Hyde Park, London.