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'It is clear beyond doubt' Rafael Nadal Acapulco absence was not about appearance fees, says agent

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Agent Carlos Costa has issued a statement dismissing claims from the Acapulco tournament director Rafael Nadal is not playing due to a dispute over appearance fees.

Raul Zurutuza said last week that there were 'no funds to pay' Nadal, who reportedly receives over $500,000 to play at ATP250 and ATP500 events.

Costa, though, has wasted little time in refuting those claims.

"Rafa's decided not to participate in Acapulco's tournament just because of his current health condition, his calendar and convenience, as it was a very long trip under the circumstance we're living.

"As is well known, Rafa came back from the Australian Open with a back issue and he's still recovering from it.

"This is the reason why he's not playing in Rotterdam, where he was in the entry list.

"Once it's been known that Indian Wells was suspended and the initial date of the Mexican tournament got delayed, Rafa's finally decided not to travel to Acapulco.

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"Thus it's clear and beyond any doubt that his not participation in Acapulco isn't a question of agreement with the organizers.

"The rest of Rafa's calendar for the coming weeks is still to be determined once he recovers from the back issue."

Nadal himself appeared to respond the the claims made by Zurutuza, revealing on Twitter that it was injury and travel worries that were behind his decision.

"I am very sorry I can not participate in Acapulco 2021," he said.

"It is a difficult year for everyone and in my current state of health, with a back ailment, it makes it impossible to make such a long trip.

"I love Acapulco, played for the last four years, but this year it has not been possible. Hopefully [I'll be back] in 2022!"

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