Stomach Virus Forces Rafael Nadal Out Of Abu Dhabi

by Staff | December 25th, 2012, 3:09 pm

Rafael Nadal will have to wait just a little longer to make his long-awaiting return to pro tennis. The Spaniard who hasn’t played in six months due to a left knee injury was scheduled to make his comeback Friday at the Abu Dhabi exhibition, however a stomach virus will prevent him from playing in the tournament.

“I am very disappointed that I will not be able to compete this year in Abu Dhabi,” Nadal said today. “I was really excited about returning to play and I always have a wonderful experience at the event and this is the first time I will miss the tournament.

“My rehab has gone well, my knee feels good and I was looking forward to competing. Unfortunately doctors have informed me that my body needs to rest in order to fight this stomach virus. I would like to say sorry to all my fans in the United Arab Emirates and around the world, but I hope to play and win in Abu Dhabi again next year.”

The tournament is yet to name a replacement player for the 6-man event which includes Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray.

Nadal remains scheduled to play the Doha ATP tournament next week.

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18 Comments for Stomach Virus Forces Rafael Nadal Out Of Abu Dhabi

sienna Says:

Oh well. though luck.

The torie continues.

Sienna Says:

on this picture the timehas been turned Nadal looks like he is 16 again.
As it stands he nis at the start of the end of his tennis lifeand the end is closer then he probably thinks.

Nadal might be out of elite tennis as we speak. The team knows he is notcapable of winnning against top 10 so they will start to play on clay 250 tourneys with proper scheduling and falsefied withdrawels.

El Flaco Says:

gambas malas

Everyone is entitled to my opinion Says:

Such a shame!

Get Well Soon, Rafa.

Jamie Says:

How long is his silent ban? Until February? LOL.

RSP Says:

When is the 2013 year end top 10 contest?
The year is about to start!

Chichiback Says:

Goodness. What is wrong Rafa? Please get well soon.

alison Says:

^Stomach virus,hope hes still going to play Doha however we will see i suppose.^

RZ Says:

That is some crazy hair on Rafa in that pic!

Giles Says:

^ Yeah lol. It was taken after his workout!

Humble Rafa Says:

I came all the way to the middle east with a big empty flight to haul the money..and all I get is a stomach virus. I hope I can make some money like the Arrogant One by going to parties and making a guest appearance.

the DA Says:

Bad news if this is true. Jon Wertheim is tweeting that the Nadal camp have said he will not play Doha & AO. :-( If true, this means Nole or Federer will flash a big grin when the draw comes out at AO.

the DA Says:

Seems it is confirmed now. he now plans to start his season in Acapulco.

jamie Says:

Looks like Nadal got an 8 months silent ban….

Thomas Says:

I read an article just after nadal’s injury, that he had received a silent ban until Dubai 2013. It seems a big coincidence that he is returning around that time..

the DA Says:

^ What article? Source?

Mark Says:

I hope you’ll get better, since tennis become very interesting with four of them having equal opportunities to win any tournament. I had stomach flu myself and I got better in several days, I can’t understand how it become so serious that he can;t play Australia Open because of it!

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