The 2018 season is off to an ominous start for Rafael Nadal. The World No. 1 withdrew from the Abu Dhabi a few days ago, which raised a few eyebrows though it was just an exo. But now Nadal has been forced out of the ATP Brisbane event as his knee is still not ready to go.
“I am sorry to announce I won’t be coming to Brisbane this year. My intention was to play but I am still not ready after last year’s long season and the late start of my preparation,” Nadal wrote in a tweet.
“I had a great time there and it was a great start to the month I spent in Australia,” Nadal said. “I will be seeing my Aussie fans when I land on the 4th in Melbourne and start there my preparation for the Australian Open.”
Nadal made the semifinals in Brisbane last year and then went on to the finals at the Australian Open. He will go into Melbourne without any prep for the first time in his career.
His last match was against David Goffin at the ATP Finals.
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