Rafael Nadal Withdraws From Brisbane Due To Thigh Injury, Believes He’ll Be 100% By Melbourne
by Staff | January 2nd, 2019, 10:06 am

Rafael Nadal’s plans for 2019 took another blow earlier today as the former No. 1 had to withdraw from Brisbane due to a left thigh injury.

“After a long period of time without competing, I felt a little bit the leg,” said Nadal. “I did an MRI, and it shows a very small strain on the left thigh, but it’s there.

“I tried to play and I still wanted to play.

“It’s a small thing that can become a much bigger … when you compete the intensity on the muscle it can get worse.”

Nadal, who said he first felt the injury at the Abu Dhabi exo, thinks he’ll be ok for the Australian Open.

“I feel better than four days ago. So the normal improvement is I will be practicing. I’ll probably be 100% in five days,” he added. “But I really believe that I will be 100% ready for Melbourne.”

Nadal’s withdrawal continues an alarming trend. On hard courts, Nadal has finished just one of his last 13 hard court tournaments, finishing (and winning) only the Canadian Open.

By contrast, he finished all five of the clay events he entered last year.

He was scheduled to meet Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in his opening match on Wednesday.

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2 Comments for Rafael Nadal Withdraws From Brisbane Due To Thigh Injury, Believes He’ll Be 100% By Melbourne

Daniel Says:

Can’t see Nadal with chances for this AO. Apart from being his worst Slam and the one he is unluckiest, with this recent injuries, if he plays a long match his chances decreases. Probably not the start he wanted.

SG1 Says:

I don’t find it believable that he’ll be 100% in 4 or 5 days from now. He hasn’t played a serious match in months. What difference is 4 or 5 days going to make? There’s something else going on.

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