Tennis : Nadal Pulls Out Of Australian Open With Muscle Injury

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Rafael Nadal has confirmed he has pulled out of this month’s Australian Open due to a muscle tear, but says it is a different injury to the one which kept him out for a year. The 37-year-old had made his comeback this month at the Brisbane International after a year out due to a hip flexor injury that required surgery.

Although he posted comprehensive wins over Dominic Thiem and Jason Kubler, the 22-time Grand Slam winner failed to take three match points against Jordan Thompson on Friday in a much tighter contest, before losing the match. The Spaniard underwent a medical timeout during the third set of that defeat and visibly struggled as the contest reached its conclusion. And in a post on X, this morning he provided an update.

The post read: “Hi all, during my last match in Brisbane I had a small problem on a muscle that as you know made me worried. Once I got to Melbourne I have had the chance to make an MRI and I have micro tear on a muscle; not in the same part where I had the injury and that’s good news. Right now I am not ready to compete at the maximum level of five-set matches. I’m flying back to Spain to see my doctor, get some treatment, and rest.

“I have worked very hard during the year for this comeback, and as I always mentioned my goal is to be at my best level in three months. Within the sad news for me for not being able to play in front of the amazing Melbourne crowds, this is not very bad news and we all remain positive with the evolution for the season. I really wanted to play here in Australia and I have had the chance to play a few matches that made me very happy and positive. Thanks all for the support and see you soon! Rafa.”

Nadal lifted the Australian Open title in 2009 and 2022. His absence from the Australian Open could mean he has played at Melbourne Park for the last time, having said there was a “high percentage” that 2024 would be his farewell to the tour. He said in Brisbane that his health would be the deciding factor in any decision about continuing to play after this season.

 

 

 

 

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