The former world number 1 gives his news after passing new exams.
Rafael Nadal, who suffered a left leg muscle injury at the Australian Open, confirmed Thursday that he will be out for six to eight weeks. “I was today at the Teknon Tennis Clinic in Barcelona where I had exams“, explained the Spanish champion on Twitter. “They confirmed the Melbourne results and the recovery time is the same“, he added.
An MRI performed in Australia showed a second-degree injury to the iliopsoas muscle in the left leg that did not require surgery, according to the 22-time Grand Slam player. “New exams will be done in three weeks to see how (the injury) evolvesadded the Spaniard, who turns 37 in June.
Package in Indian Wells and Miami?
Defending champion in Melbourne, he was injured on January 18 during his second round match against American Mackenzie McDonald, winner 6-4, 6-4, 7-5. That healing delay means he could miss the ATP 1000 tournaments in Indian Wells and Miami and plummet in the world rankings. Nadal should focus on making his comeback at the start of the season on clay, in mid-April, with the focus at Roland-Garros in May, where he will try to win his 15th title on Parisian ocher.