Found January 01, 2013 on In the Tramlines:
Late last week, Rafael Nadal pulled out of the Australian Open, the first Major of the year, citing a stomach virus. This is the second consecutive Grand Slam Nadal will sit out. He has not played a match since losing a five-set thriller to Lukas Rosol in the second round of Wimbledon. Even though there has been some speculation that the tendinitis in Nadal's left knee is the real reason for him skipping Melbourne, Nadal's personal doctor has released a statement saying he advised Rafa to take at least a week off because of a stomach virus, meaning he could not play as scheduled in Abu Dhabi this week. After the release of this statement, Rafa and Uncle Toni put out a statement talking about how they did not feel as though it would be appropriate for Nadal to play in Melbourne because he will not have enough time to properly prepare for the best-of-five format played at the Majors. Whatever the reason may be, Nadal will not be in the draw in Melbourne, meaning fellow Spaina...

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His play is electrifying, with a grace and fluidity matched by few in the game today. Three years ago he was almost unarguably the best player in the game, superior to Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic, and Andy Murray.  Today, however, that must be questioned. On Friday, Rafael Nadal announced that, due to a stomach virus, he won’t be partaking in the Australian Open this year, which...
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