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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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Rafael Nadal has been out with a knee injury since July, and now the Spaniard has pulled out of the Australian Open. See why.
Rafael Nadal will miss the Australian Open because of a stomach virus, further delaying his comeback after being sidelined since June.
The Spaniard also will skip the preceding Qatar Open. The Australian Open, the year's first Grand Slam tournament, begins Jan. 14. The virus kept Nadal from making his return at Abu Dhabi this week.
Nadal said Friday his withdrawals had nothing...
( December 28, 2012) Eleven- time major champion and current world No. 4 Rafael Nadal has withdrawn from the Australian Open due to a continuing stomach virus.
The ailment caused Nadal to withdraw from this week’s World Tennis Championships in Abu Dhabi.
In a statement Nadal said:
“I am sorry and very sad to announce that I will not play in the Australian Open. My knee is coming...
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