"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 part where I had the injury and that's good news.
Right now I'm not ready to compete at the highest level of demand 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.
Besides the sad news for me of not being able to play in front of the fantastic Melbourne crowd, it's not bad news and we all remain optimistic about the progress 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! Rafa."
The fears we had after the quarter-final match lost against Jordan Thompson at the Brisbane International 2024 were therefore well founded.
The hip and groin injury suffered by Rafael Nadal was more serious than expected, so much so that it forced the Spaniard to miss the Melbourne Slam. The injury does not seem serious but, considering that Nadal had not played official matches for a year, he preferred not to risk it, skipping the Australian Slam and recovering form and energy for his beloved clay-season.
Rafael Nadal will come back to train after the Australian Open 2024
Nadal would also have already decided when to resume his training. In fact, according to the first news coming from Spain, Rafa should return to the court to practice just after the 2024 edition of the Australian Open.
After the visit with Dr. Angel Ruiz Cotorro in Madrid, Diario de Mallorca reports how the 22-time Slam champion will rest for at least a week, before returning to training regularly.
💪 The Nadal team is optimistic about Rafa’s recovery from the micro-tear in the groin area.
Rafa is expected to begin training again next week 🤞
🗣️ Source: https://t.co/XA6SMZ7DuL pic.twitter.com/fDRUXMHJwJ — Olly 🎾🇬🇧 (@Olly_Tennis_) January 9, 2024