Rafael Nadal shares a terrible news: he will miss the Australian Open 2024

The Spanish champion, in a statement, revealed that he will not play the Melbourne Slam due to the injury suffered against Thompson at the Brisbane International

by Lorenzo Ciotti
Rafael Nadal shares a terrible news: he will miss the Australian Open 2024
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Rafael Nadal has shared terrible news that will shock his fans: he will not play the Australian Open 2024. The Spanish tennis player himself announced it through a post on X and Instagram. In the message, Nadal explained how the cause of this decision was due to the injury suffered at the Brisbane International against Jordan Thompson.

In the end the decision was reached by mutual agreement with his team, to give up the first Slam of the season.

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"Hi everyone, during my last match in Brisbane I had a small problem with a muscle which, as you know, made me worry.

Once I arrived in Melbourne, I had the chance to have an MRI and I have a micro tear on a muscle, not in the same place where I had the injury and that's good news. At this moment I am not ready to compete at the highest level in 5-set matches.

So I will go back to Spain to see my doctor, get treatment and rest. I have worked very hard during the year for this comeback and, as I have always said, my goal is to reach my best level in 3 months. It's sad news for me that I wasn't able to play in front of the fantastic Melbourne crowd.

We all remain optimistic about the evolution of the season. I really wanted to play here in Australia and I had the chance to play some matches which made me very happy and positive. Thank you all for the support and see you soon," explained Rafa.

The words after the defeat against Thompson had already made fans worried

Nadal had already worried fans and media after the match with Thompson, in the quarter-finals of the Brisbane International.

With his words, Rafa had made it clear that the problem he had accused was more serious than expected.

Rafael Nadal, Brisbane 2024© Chris Hyde / Stringer - Getty Images Sport

"I have to see how I wake up tomorrow.

In recent days, when I have spoken, I have always done so with caution because I know that after a year it is difficult for the body to be able to compete in top-level tournaments. You never know how he will react. That's why I have to accept things as they come.

I hope it's nothing serious and I can have the chance to train next week in Melbourne. The truth is, I'm not 100% sure about anything right now. It's in a similar area to last year, but different. I feel it more on a muscular level.

Last year it was the tendon and this one feels more like a tired muscle. The only problem is that it's in a similar area and that makes you a little more worried than normal. The best thing that can happen is that the muscles are very full after the effort of these three days.

It would be ideal, but today we cannot know. If it was just tiredness, it would be a normal process. I didn't come here to win tournaments, I came to try to come back in the most positive way. I hope that the feeling in my leg will be better until Sunday.

That would be great news. If I don't feel well, I'll do some tests and we'll understand," said Rafa.

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