Rafa withdraws from Australian Open


Rafael Nadal’s return to the tennis court was cut short by an injury. The Spanish tennis matador confirmed today on social media that he suffered a micro-tear in a muscle.

He will therefore not participate in the Australian Open in Melbourne.

Nadal, who has to blow 38 cherries on his birthday cake this year, received medical treatment in his quarter-final defeat of the Brisbane International tournament against Jordan Thompson.

The winner of 22 Grand Slam titles then experienced discomfort in his left thigh and he has now confirmed that he suffered a very small tear in a muscle.

“In my last match in Brisbane I had a small muscle problem and of course I was worried,” Nadal shared on X, formerly known as Twitter.

After all, a hip injury and subsequent operation kept the Spaniard on the sidelines last year, but fortunately the latest fitness setback is not in the same place as the previous injury.

“However, at the moment I am not ready to play at my maximum level. That’s why I’m flying back to Spain to see my doctor, receive treatment and to rest a bit.”

Nadal celebrated his return in Brisbane with wins over Dominic Thiem and Jason Kubler, while also moving well on court against Thompson.

He was on course to reach the quarter-finals, but he forfeited three match points in the second set to eventually lose 5-7, 7-6, 6-3.

“Of course I’m tired,” he said after the showdown.

“At the same time, I am also disappointed. I had many opportunities to win, but he (Thompson ) played well. I have to learn to accept these things; after a year’s absence it will definitely happen.”