A Tough Start to the 2024: Nadal will not play at the Australian Open

Nadal stopped at 22 won Grand Slams, and already last year he announced that this season could be the last in his career

by Sededin Dedovic
A Tough Start to the 2024: Nadal will not play at the Australian Open
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Spanish tennis legend Rafael Nadal has unfortunately withdrawn from the upcoming Australian Open due to a muscle tear he sustained during a recent match in Brisbane. The setback left him unable to compete at the highest level, leading to his return to Spain for intensive recovery and rehabilitation.

In a heartfelt message to his fans, Nadal revealed: “Hi everyone, during my last match in Brisbane I had a little problem with my muscle which, as you know, worried me. When I got to Melbourne I had the chance to do an MRI and I have a micro tear in the muscle, not in the same area where I had the injury and that's good news.

Right now, I'm not ready to compete at a maximum level in five sets. I'm flying back to Spain to see my doctor, to get treatment and rest," Nadal wrote. Nadal, known as the "Mallorca Bull", is flying back to Spain to consult his doctor, undergo treatment and focus on rest.

His victories at the beginning of the tournament in Brisbane caused the admiration of all true tennis fans, but unfortunately for the entire tennis world, the king of clay will not play the Australian Open. Having previously taken almost a year off due to various injuries and surgeries, Nadal was determined to make a successful comeback.

He showed his resilience at the tournament in Brisbane, securing wins against Thiem and Kübler. However, the loss to Thompson, along with three missed match points, raised concerns about Nadal's fitness.

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On a positive note, Nadal thanked his fans for their unwavering support and expressed optimism about the upcoming season despite this setback.

"I worked hard during the year for this comeback and as I always mentioned my goal is to be at my best level in three months. As part of the sad news for me, not being able to play in front of the amazing crowd in Melbourne, this is not all bad news and we all remain positive with the evolution for the season.

I really wanted to play here in Australia and I had the opportunity to play a few matches, which made me very happy and positive. Thank you all for your support, see you soon," wrote Rafa. With 22 Grand Slam titles to his name, Nadal, who has previously hinted that this season could be his last, faces another hurdle. Nadal is still positive about the future, which still gives hope that we will see him at some big tournament this year.

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