Posted December 28, 2012 on AP on Fox
PLAYERS: Rafael Nadal
Rafael Nadal says he will not play at the Australian Open, further delaying his comeback that has him off the courts since June. The 26-year-old Spaniard has been forced to withdraw from the Grand Slam event from Jan. 14-27 and the preceding Qatar Open due to a nagging stomach virus. The same virus kept him from making his return at Abu Dhabi this week. Nadal says in a statement that ''my knee is much better (...) but this virus didn't allow me to practice this past week and therefore I am sorry to announce that I will not play in Doha and the Australian Open.'' Nadal has been sidelined with tendinitis in his left knee since a second-round loss to then 100th-ranked Lukas Rosol at Wimbledon in June.
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