Rafael Nadal pulled out of the Brisbane International with a left thigh strain but hopes to be fit for the Australian Open this month.
I did an MRI and it shows a small staring on my left thigh. I tried to play, I wanted to play, but recommendations from the doctors (were otherwise).
It’s a small thing that can become a much bigger … when you compete the intensity on the muscle it can get worse.
I feel better than I did four days ago … It’s a risk to damage my body for one month if I play here.
I know it’s tough … I can’t thank enough the people who support me in my career — especially the tough moments.
It’s an important risk to not have the chance to play in Melbourne.
And if I don’t play, the evolution of the thing is going very well. I am practicing and I feel like I can give a good level of tennis but I can’t do my 100 per cent.
So I don’t play here and I probably secure that I’m going to be 100 per cent for Melbourne. Everybody’s telling me that it’s not a good idea to increase the possibility to convert the strain into a bigger problem.
Get well soon, Rafa!