Nadal comeback cut short as fresh injury rules out Australian Open tilt

Nadal comeback cut short as fresh injury rules out Australian Open tilt

A “micro tear on a muscle” kept Spanish tennis star Rafael Nadal out of the Australian Open on Sunday, just one week after returning from a year-long injury absence. He said he was still hopeful, though.

The 37-year-old had not played since hurting his hip at the 2023 Australian Open. He had surgery and then came back to play at the Brisbane International.

He looked good as he won his first two matches in straight sets, but he needed a medical break near the end of his quarterfinal loss to Australia’s Jordan Thompson because his upper left thigh hurt.

As you know, Nadal was worried about a muscle problem he had in his last match in Brisbane. He said this on X, which used to be Twitter.

“Once I got to Melbourne, I was able to get an MRI, which showed that I have a small tear in a muscle. Thankfully, it’s not in the same place where I hurt myself, which is good news.”

“Right now I’m not ready to play at the highest level, which is five-set matches.” I’m going to Spain to see my doctor, get some medicine, and rest.

Since he wasn’t at the Australian Open, it’s possible that this was his last match at Melbourne Park. He had said that there was a “high percentage” that 2024 would be his last year on the tour.

He said in Brisbane that his health would be the main reason why he decided to keep playing after this season.

“We will miss you in Melbourne, Rafa,” the Australian Open said on its main X page. “Sending you lots of love and prayers for a quick recovery.” “See you soon on the court.”

Novak Djokovic, a longtime foe and the number one player in the world, is also hurt before the first Grand Slam of the season.

During the United Cup last week, the Serbian had to get treatment for a sore right wrist. He said, “I think I have enough time to get myself in shape for the Australian Open.”


Nadal has had a lot of injuries during his record-breaking career. His all-action, hard-hitting style has caused him to have major knee, wrist, and foot problems.

He made it clear in Brisbane that he didn’t expect to win, and he hinted that the Australian Open might come too soon. He has won 22 Grand Slam tournaments.

“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,” he stated.

“While I’m sad that I won’t be able to play in front of the amazing crowds in Melbourne, this isn’t really bad news, and we’re all still optimistic about how the season is going.”

It was my dream to play basketball here in Australia, and I’ve had the chance to do so in a few games that made me feel great. Thanks to everyone who helped, and see you soon.


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