Spanish tennis player Rafael Nadal will not finally play the Brisbane tournament as a precaution, the player himself announced on Wednesday following medical recommendations following the results of an MRI.
Nadal, who had just announced that his priority is to "take care of his physique" after his arrival in the state capital of Queensland, will not play this Thursday against Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga as planned as a result of the inconvenience after being operated in the ankle area last November.
"I did an MRI and saw a little problem in the left thigh, I wanted to play, but the doctors' advice was against doing it," said Nadal.
"I feel better than four days ago and it is a risk to damage my body during the month I will be here if I had decided to play here," he said.
The Spaniard decided not to play as a precaution the final of consolation in Abu Dhabi on December 30 with the aim of playing in Brisbane his first official game since he left in the semifinals of the last United States Open, in August, against the Argentine Juan Martín Del Potro
The free position in the table will be occupied by the "lucky loser" Taro Daniel, who will face Tsonga on Thursday at the scheduled time of the game against the Spaniard.