Rafael Nadal will not participate due to a thigh injury at the ATP tournament in Brisbane. 14. January begins with the Australian Open the first Grand Slam tournament of the tennis season, the participation in the Competition in Melbourne, he didn’t want to risk it. “I wanted to play, but the Doctors have advised me not to, because I could then be up to a month,” said the Spaniard.

Currently, Nadal is ranked number two in the world rankings. The 32-Year-old will always be plagued again by injuries. Last week, he had to after his defeat in the opening match at the invitation tournament in Abu Dhabi, already pulling back.

His last match on the ATP Tour, Nadal rode in September at the US Open in New York. There he had been able to due to a knee injury, not the semi-finals against Argentina’s Juan Martin del Potro. In November, he underwent joint surgery on the right ankle.

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