Rafael Nadal will miss the Australian Open and as a substitute return to Spain for remedy on a hip harm he sustained on the Brisbane Worldwide.
Nadal, 37, made his long-awaited return after virtually a 12 months out with harm this week, successful his first two matches in Brisbane in straight units.
However he was injured in his quarter-final loss to Jordan Thompson on Friday.
Nadal stated a scan had proven a micro tear on a muscle however not in the identical space as his earlier long-term harm.
The Spaniard, who had not performed a singles match for 349 days previous to his opening win over Dominic Thiem, stated the outcome was “excellent news” however added he was “not able to compete on the most stage”.
He stated in Might, after being pressured to overlook the French Open for the primary time in 19 years, that 2024 will “in all probability” be the ultimate 12 months of his profession, that means he could have already performed his final Australian Open.
However whereas his newest harm felt in an analogous place to that which led to “one of many hardest years” of his illustrious profession, crucially it seems it isn’t as important as he initially feared.
“I’ve labored very laborious in the course of the 12 months for this comeback and as I at all times talked about my aim is to be at my greatest stage in three months,” 22-time Grand Slam champion Nadal stated on social media.
“Inside the unhappy information for me for not with the ability to play in entrance of the wonderful Melbourne crowds, this isn’t very dangerous information and all of us stay constructive with the evolution for the season.
“I actually needed to play in Australia and I’ve had the prospect to play a number of matches that made me very blissful and constructive.
“Thanks all for the help and see you quickly!”
The Australian Open, the place Nadal has triumphed twice, begins in Melbourne on 14 January.
Nadal will now concentrate on returning to health in time for the French Open, which begins on 20 Might and the place he’s a document 14-time champion.
His most up-to-date look at a Grand Slam was the 2023 Australian Open, when he struggled with harm in a second-round loss to Mackenzie McDonald.
That was his ultimate look on court docket earlier than present process an operation on his left hip in June and the previous world primary has since slipped to 672nd within the rankings.
With Nadal’s withdrawal, this would be the first Australian Open since 1999 with out both Nadal or Roger Federer, who retired in 2022, that includes within the males’s singles predominant draw.