Rafael Nadal will be out for between six and eight weeks due to injury after being eliminated from the Australian Open by Mackenzie McDonald in the second round.
He underwent medical tests in Melbourne and it was diagnosed that Nadal had suffered a grade two muscle tear in his left leg.
“I had had some discomfort in my hip the last few days, but nothing like what I felt in the match,” he said after the game.
“I hope it’s not serious because I’m already tired and frustrated with being in injury recovery processes for so much of my career.”
Nadal suffered abdominal injuries twice last season, around the important events that are Wimbledon and the US Open. He also picked up a ribs knock during the Indian Wells tournament.
That’s not to mention his chronic foot problems, which made him limp permanently until he found a life-saving treatment after the last Roland Garros.
“I can’t say I’m not mentally shattered because I’d be lying,” Nadal added.
“I can come here and say life is great and you have to stay positive, but I won’t do that now.”
Nadal loses the crown
The Spaniard didn’t manage to defend his title after winning the 2022 edition of the Australian Open.
He is expected to fall at least to sixth place in the ATP rankings, but he could also fall further down behind Felix Auger-Aliassime and Taylor Fritz.
Six to eight weeks out of action for Nadal
The MRI that was performed by Dr. Angel Cotorro in Melbourne dictated that Nadal needs between six and eight weeks to recover from his injury.
He will miss out on the Middle East tour in Doha (February 20 to 26) and Dubai (February 27 to March 4).
On March 5, he was scheduled to play an exhibition match in Las Vegas against his compatriot Carlos Alcaraz, but now the Miami Open is not in his plans.
He is hoping to return for the demanding clay tour of Monte Carlo, Barcelona, Madrid, Rome and Roland Garros.
Nadal has a clear objective, which is to be ready for the French Open, in which he has more options to continue adding titles to his trophy cabinet.
This means that Novak Djokovic could equal Nadal‘s Grand Slam victories if he wins the Australian Open.
List of all Nadal’s injuries over his career
- Left shoulder injury. Misses 2003 Ronald Garros
- Back pain during the 2003 Australian Open final
- Scaphoid stress fracture. Misses the 2004 Athens Olympics
- Tendinitis due to quadricep insertion in the quadricipital tendon (2006).
- Minor injury in the insertion of the ischium with the left gluteus in the 2007 Australian Open
- Abdominal micro rupture during the 2009 US Open
- Tendinitis in the discarded knee. Missed the 2009 Davis Cup final against Argentina
- Quadriceps tendon tear during the 2010 Australian Open quarter-finals.
- Inflammation due to traumatic arthritis sidelines him for three months in 2011
- Muscle tear in the hamstrings at the 2011 Australian Open against Roger Federer
- In 2012 he suffers a partial tear of the patellar tendon of the left knee. It takes him seven months to recover.
- Disinsertion of the posterior ulnar sheath of the right wrist in 2014
- Discomfort in the right knee in 2017
- Iliacus psoas injury in 2018
- Abdominal injury in 2018
- Inflammation in the left wrist in 2019
- Abdominal tear in 2019
- Stress tear of the left third costal arch in 2022
- Abdominal tear at 2022 Wimbledon and 2022 US Open