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World No. 4 Rafael Nadal has pulled out of next month’s Australian Open citing a stomach virus further delaying his comeback to tennis after experiencing knee tendinitis. The Spaniard played his last match in July, unexpectedly losing in five sets to then-ranked No. 100 Lukas Rosol in the second round of Wimbledon. In recent weeks, Nadal has been in the spotlight as his knee was in full recovery and doctors allowed a return to the practice courts after mostly staying within the confines of the gym. Fans, media and Nadal himself were optimistic about his return to the Australian Open, but it was not meant to happen so soon. “I always said that my return to competition will be when I am in the right conditions to play,” he said. “And after all this time away from the courts I’d rather not accelerate the comeback and prefer to do things well.” Due to the virus, Nadal also pulled out of the upcoming Qatar Open and is aiming a return to competition at the Acapulco tournament which begins...
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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...
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...
( December 28, 2012) Eleven- time major champion and current world No. 4 Rafael Nadal has withdrawn from the Australian Open due to a continuing stomach virus.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...
By Abigail Hinto
(December 29, 2012) ABU DHABI – In the end, after the withdrawal of Rafael Nadal and the early loss of Andy Murray, Nicolas Almagro proved himself a worthy replacement player to Nadal as he, along with Novak Djokovic treated the fans in Abu Dhabi to the best match of the tournament.
It was an exciting and tight final that both players played with an even mix of...