Published: Fri, January 04, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Rafael Nadal withdraws from ATP Brisbane due to injury

Rafael Nadal withdraws from ATP Brisbane due to injury

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

"But all the recommendations from the doctors ..."

Nadal then guaranteed "I will probably be 100 percent in five days and then I will have plenty of time to prepare for Melbourne". "They say that it's a very small thing, but it can become a big thing because a strain in the muscle is unsafe", he said.

Nadal was expected to face either Jo-Wilfried Tsonga of France or local hope Thanasi Kokkinakis in the second round of Brisbane International wherein he had received a first-round bye.

The 32-year-old did not play after retiring against Juan Martin del Potro in their US Open semi-final last September and underwent ankle surgery two months later.

Open semifinals. Nadal played in an exhibition in Mubadala last week, losing to Kevin Anderson before withdrawing. Based on his comments, one must think that the King of Clay will continue to structure the bulk of his big tournament play around the clay court season.

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Nadal also revealed he felt better than a few days ago but it was going to be hard for him to play the whole month in Australia.

Nadal won the Australian Open in 2009 and would dearly love to add another title on the hardcourts of Melbourne. I fell in love with tennis after the epic 2008 Wimbledon final between Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal.

"I want to feel myself competitive every day that I am on court and I want to keep fighting for the things that really make me feel alive, for the things that motivate me".

Also exiting the men's draw on Wednesday where defending champion Nick Kyrgios, who lost to Jeremy Chardy 6-7 (5), 6-2, 6-3, and third-seeded Kyle Edmund, who lost to Japanese qualifier Yasutaka Uchiyama 7-6 (6), 6-4.

The 17-time Grand Slam victor has waited until 2019 to try to return in full form after a year which was successful but plagued by physical problems, reports Efe news.

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