Melbourne — Rafael Nadal withdrew from the Australian Open due to an injury, after playing just one tournament on his return after 12 months without playing.
Nadal said he was worried about his hip surgery after needing a medical break in the third set of his quarterfinal loss. of the Brisbane International against Jordan Thompson on Friday.
The 22-time major winner initially said it seemed like a more muscular problem than the tendon complications that caused him so much pain this time last year.
However, on Sunday he wrote on social media that scans carried out after his arrival in Melbourne revealed a small tear in the muscle, and that he would travel back to Spain for treatment.
“Right now I am not prepared to compete at the highest level (in) five-set matches,” he wrote.
The Australian Open is scheduled to begin on January 14 at Melbourne Park.