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Tennis Panorama :
( December 28, 2012) Eleven- time major champion and current world No. 4 Rafael Nadal has withdrawn from the Australian Open due to a continuing stomach virus.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 along okay, but a stomach virus has left me unable to get ready in time to tackle the rigours of a Grand Slam.
“Because of the virus, I have been unable to get any match practice and simply would not be doing myself or my friends in Australia justice if I went down there so unprepared. You need your body to be at its best for the Australian Open.
“It was a difficult decision and I am extremely disappointed to be missing such a great event. I love coming to Melbourne and playing on Rod Laver Arena before the Australian crowds. It brings out the best in me. It hurts to have to wait another 12 months before I g...
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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...
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...
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It was an exciting and tight final that both players played with an even mix of...