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Jan 7, 2024

Rafael Nadal pulls out of Australian Open with muscle tear


Nadal to miss Australian Open

Spanish superstar Rafael Nadal on Sunday pulled out of the Australian Open with a 'micro tear on a muscle' barely a week after making his comeback from a year-long injury absence.

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A return cut short

The 37-year-old had been out of the game since injuring his hip at the 2023 Australian Open, undergoing surgery before making his return at the Brisbane International.

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Quarters exit in Brisbane

Nadal won his opening two matches in straight sets and looked in good touch in Brisbane, but needed a medical timeout towards the end of his quarters loss after feeling pain in his upper left thigh.

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'Right now I am not ready'

"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," Nadal said.

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No Aus Open for Nadal ahead!

Nadal's 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.

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Injury woes for Nadal

Injuries have been a recurring theme of Nadal's record-breaking career, a painful by-product of his all-action, brutal-hitting style that has led to struggles with serious knee, wrist and foot problems.

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A return made too soon?

The 22-time Grand Slam champion stressed in Brisbane that he did not come into the tournament expecting to win, and hinted that the Australian Open might come too soon.

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Djokovic injury scare

Long-time rival and world number one Novak Djokovic also has an injury cloud hanging over him ahead of the opening Grand Slam of the season.

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Touch and go for Djokovic

The Serbian needed treatment on a troublesome right wrist during the United Cup last week, but said: "I think I have enough time to get myself in the right shape for the Australian Open."

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Djokovic ahead

Earlier, the absence due to injury saw Nadal's ranking slip to 672 while rival Djokovic has passed him in the Grand Slam title count with 24.

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