Knee Issues? Rafael Nadal Withdraws From Abu Dhabi, Still Entered In Brisbane
by Staff | December 24th, 2017, 12:15 pm

Rafael Nadal’s start to the 2018 season will be delayed. The World No. 1 has to withdraw from next week’s Abu Dhabi exo. Nadal finished 2017 with knee issues and reportedly he’s still not 100% ready.

“I am very sorry and disappointed to announce that I won’t be competing this year at the Mubadala World Tennis Championship,” Nadal said. “This would have been my ninth participation in the tournament where I love to play and marking the beginning of my season.

“It was a tough 2017 and I need to take my calendar in a different way in order to be ready. For this reason, I have sadly announced to the organizers and now to you fans that I won’t play this time in Abu Dhabi. I really want to thank them for understanding and I am sending a special warm message to my fans in the UAE and in Abu Dhabi in particular.”

Nadal will be replaced by countryman Roberto Bautista Agut.

Nadal is still scheduled to start the year in official capacity at the ATP event in Brisbane.

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11 Comments for Knee Issues? Rafael Nadal Withdraws From Abu Dhabi, Still Entered In Brisbane

Doug Says:

Knee-dal strikes again! He shouldn’t have gotten greedy after US Open and played all those matches.

Madmax Says:

This is a shocker, or is it?

Humble Rafa Says:

People who think I may have an injury should get their head examined. My middle name is Injury.

Only if the Moya man will learn to use the knee machine properly. So far he is lining up my water bottle correctly, but there is more he has to do.

Willow Says:

Pictures on FB, he is back practicing ….

lylenubbins Says:

hmmmm . . .

gonzalowski Says:

Rafa out of Brisbane too :( , after last week he had to cancel his training in Mallorca with the Portuguese Joao Sousa.
on January 4 he will be in Melbourne.

Willow Says:

The AO is whats important

Willow Says:

And none of this BS about the FO been whats important, whats important is the here and the now, and the here and the now is the AO, the rest of the year is irrelevant right now ….

gonzalowski Says:

yes, agree, but I don’t know if he can be at 100% at AO

t4t Says:

gonza are you a Nadal fan?

gonzalowski Says:

yes I am, from a lot of years ago1 you too, aren’t you?

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