Rafael Nadal, 22-time winner withdraws from upcoming Australian Open Due to Hip Injury

Rafael Nadal, 22-time winner withdraws from upcoming Australian Open Due to Hip Injury

Rafael Nadal, the 22-time major winner, has withdrawn from the upcoming Australian Open a week before the tournament’s commencement.

This decision follows his participation in just one tournament, marking his return after a year on the sidelines.

Nadal expressed worries about his surgically repaired hip, raising concerns after a medical timeout during his Brisbane International quarterfinal loss to Jordan Thompson.

Initial Assessment and Medical Timeout

Initially, Nadal believed the issue resembled more of a muscular problem rather than a recurrence of the tendon issue that plagued him a year ago.

However, subsequent scans conducted after his arrival in Melbourne revealed a small tear in the muscle.

This revelation prompted the decision to withdraw from the Australian Open, and Nadal is set to return to Spain for further treatment.

Nadal’s Statement on Social Media

Addressing the situation on social media, Nadal shared the specifics of his injury.

He mentioned having a micro-tear in a muscle, located in a different part from his previous injury.

While considering it good news that the tear was not in the same problematic area, Nadal acknowledged his current inability to compete at the highest level.

He emphasized his plan to fly back to Spain, consult with his doctor, and undergo necessary treatment and rest.

Tournament Acknowledges Nadal’s Withdrawal

The Australian Open responded to Nadal’s announcement, expressing regret over his withdrawal.

On social media, the tournament conveyed a message to Nadal, stating, “will miss you in Melbourne, Rafa,” and expressing optimism about seeing him back on the court soon.

Nadal’s Comeback and Setback

This latest injury setback for Nadal comes after his extensive hiatus from the court, with surgery on his troublesome hip in June.

Despite concerns about his ability to sustain a competitive career due to previous knee and foot issues, Nadal’s comeback showed promise initially, with victories in his first two matches in a year.

However, the quarterfinal loss to Thompson revealed challenges, including uncharacteristic errors and missed match points.

Hope for a Speedy Recovery

Reflecting on his recent loss, Nadal expressed hope that the issue could be related to a supercharged muscle after a year without playing tennis.

The exact nature of the injury will be further assessed and addressed in Spain, where Nadal aims to recuperate and return to competitive tennis at his maximum level.

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