Murcia, Spain, Mar 4 (EFE).- Spain's Nicolas Almagro, the world No. 19, has pulled out of the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California, due to a shoulder injury, the tennis player's media representatives said Tuesday.
Spanish star David Ferrer, who is No. 4 in the ATP rankings, is also skipping Indian Wells due to a "partial tear" in a muscle in his left leg that he sustained in the quarterfinals of the tournament in Acapulco last week.
Almagro was going to play in the season's first Masters 1000 event in the California desert after wrapping up his South American tour, but he is returning home to seek treatment for his injury.
The player is going to focus on recovering in his hometown of Murcia and expects to return to action "in a short period of time," Almagro's media representatives said in a statement.
The 28-year-old Almagro said last week that after playing in Viña del Mar, Buenos Aires, Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo he had still not been able to play at the level he wanted.
"I will work to turn this situation around," Almagro said.
The BNP Paribas Open, an ATP World Tour Masters 1000 event, is one of the biggest hard-court tournaments on the professional tennis calendar.