Spanish tennis player Rafa Nadal announced his withdrawal from the Australian Open due to a thigh injury. Despite arriving in Melbourne with the intention of taking part in the tournament, Nadal will return to Spain to receive treatment from Dr Cotorro. The athlete shared the news on his social networks, explaining that his injury was a microtear of the muscle, different from a previous injury he suffered in the same area.
The alarm was sounded during the Brisbane tournament, where Nadal felt discomfort in his thigh during his match against Jordan Thompson in the quarter-finals. Despite his hopes that it was simply an overload, tests revealed a microtear, leading to his decision to withdraw from the Australian Open.
Nadal expressed disappointment at not being able to perform at the highest level in five-set matches and mentioned his desire to return to his best form in the coming months. Despite the news, the tennis player remains positive and is grateful for the opportunity to play several matches in Australia, which made him happy.
Nadal’s injury history at the Australian Open is remarkable: this is the third time he has missed the tournament due to physical problems. Tournament organizers expressed their support for Nadal and wished him a speedy recovery as the tennis player prepares to focus on treatment and recovery in Spain.
Nadal’s absence from the Australian Open is breaking news for the tennis world and while it is a disappointment for his fans, the tennis player is expected to recover soon and return to competition in great shape.
“I have been working very hard throughout the year on this comeback and as I have always said, my goal is to reach my best level in 3 months. While it’s sad news that I won’t be able to play in front of an incredible Melbourne crowd, it’s not all bad news and we all remain positive about how the season is going. I really wanted to play here in Australia and I had the opportunity to play some games which made me very happy and positive. Thank you all for your support and see you soon,” Rafa expressed through his social networks.