Rafael Nadal announced on Wednesday that he will not play the Brisbane tournament due to discomfort in the left thigh. The world number two, 32, explained at a press conference that his volunteer was to jump on the track the next morning, against the French Jo-Wilfred Tsonga, but finally give up as a precaution. After examining the tennis player, the doctors warned him that playing could pose a greater risk and he was recommended not to force, since in less than two weeks he will start the first big of the season in Melbourne (from January 14 to 27).
"They did an MRI and they saw a little distension in the left thigh," said the Spaniard, winner of 17 majors. "I tried to play, I wanted to play, but the doctors' recommendations were different," he continued. "It's something small, but if I play it can get bigger, competing can make it worse, I feel better than a few days ago, but if I play here, the risk of hurting me is greater," he said.
After 112 days of absence, Nadal reappeared five days ago in Abu Dhabi. The Mallorcan gave in the exhibition against the South African Kevin Anderson (4-6, 6-3 and 6-4) and later decided not to play the game for the third and fourth place with the aim of protecting his body to the fullest, given that this year he intends to reduce his activity to the absolute minimum. It should be remembered that in 2018 he missed 10 tournaments for different physical mishaps and that his last official match was on September 7, when his right knee forced him to retire during the semifinals of the US Open before Juan Martín del Potro.
Since then, Nadal could not participate in Beijing, Shanghai or Paris-Bercy, and then went through the operating room to remove an "intra-articular free body" from the right ankle and he also had to absent himself from the Masters Cup. In total, Manacor played only nine tournaments, of which he won five. His body, again, was once again his main enemy. "I do not want to suffer more than last year," he anticipated yesterday, in the Brisbane anteroom. "I do not want to make the mistake of competing without being one hundred percent", closed Nadal.