In hindsight, the writing was on the wall. Due to DelPo’s slow recovery from the flu/virus that had caused him to withdraw from his title defense campaign at the Portugal Open, DelPo also withdrew from the upcoming Mutua Madrid Open.
As of Thursday, DelPo had still been undecided about whether or not to fly out to Madrid. Due to his slow recovery from the viral illness he’d been diagnosed with on April 22, he was unable to train in a meaningful capacity this past week.
As a semifinalist last year, DelPo was defending 360 points at Madrid.
I will update the post as more news is issued from his camp.
Update (05.03.2013): Bronchospasms caused by original virus are reported as the cause of DelPo’s withdrawal from Madrid. A quick search reveals that bronchospasms are common in people with asthma. However, bronchospasms can also be triggered by viral illnesses like influenza or the rhinovirus (common cold) in people with no prior history of asthma.
The goal is for him to recover fully in time for the Rome Masters. The text of the official communication from DelPo’s team implies that his participation in Rome is still up for question. Let’s hope he recovers fully.