Rafael Nadal injury update: When will he return to the ATP Tour?

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Rafael Nadal will be sidelined for six to eight weeks by the hip flexor injury he suffered during his second-round loss at the Australian Open. He had an MRI scan on his left leg in Melbourne on Thursday, which revealed a grade 2 injury in the Illiopsoas, the primary hip flexor.

“Good afternoon. I have carried out medical tests after the defeat yesterday,” Rafa said in his tweet. “The MRI shows a grade 2 lesion in the iliopsoas of my left leg. Now it’s sports rest and anti-inflammatory physiotherapy. Normal recovery time 6 to 8 weeks.”

“He will be resting the next days once back in Spain and will start with anti-inflammatory physiotherapy,” his team said in a statement. “The normal time estimated for a complete recuperation is between six and eight weeks.”

A six to eight week recuperation would allow Rafa to return well before the clay court season and the run-up to the defence of his French Open title in late May and early June. That means our champ won’t play in Dubai and his status for Indian Wells and Miami is in doubt.

Source: Reuters


  1. I do not expect to see Rafa back in action before the clay season. He needs to be cautious as this injury needs to heal fully. He would be unwise to risk hard court .
    Tennis is so dull without him. The AO was very poor in terms of quality ,so many injured and a dodgy draw.

  2. Tsitsipas is the last one left in the draw who could stop Djokovic from winning the AO title this year. I sure hope Tsitsipas finds his best tennis to beat that bad person. Tsitsipas is over 10 years younger than the evil jerk, so if this goes 5 sets, he will have the edge over hamstring faker.

  3. Marijnt, the update that I have seen about Rafa says that his doctors in Barcelona confirmed the diagnosis and that he will be evaluated again in three weeks. The update also says that Rafa looks forward to Indian Wells though that seems pretty aggressive. Not clear to me whether Rafa said he wants to be ready for IW or possibly its the reporter saying this.

  4. Women’s Semi finals: Prediction
    The happy slam is wrapping up in Melbourne. Here is OhCamp women’s side outlook.

    E. Rybakina vs. Victoria Azarenka
    It is going to be a very exciting and competitive match to watch. Both of them were the slam champions; 2 times AO champion back in 2012-2013 for Azarenka and last year Wimbledon champion for Rybakina. Both of them are big hitters and great movers. Rybakina has a bigger serve than Azarenka but Azarenka is great in changing direction of the balls and can rally longer. Their paths through the semis by winning over many big names are also impressive; Rybakina took down Collins, the AO’s finalist last year in round 3, Swiatek, 3 times grand slam champion and world No. 1 in round 4, and Ostapenko, the former French Open champion in the quarterfinals. Azarenka’s route to the semis was not easy either; she defeated Keys(10) in round 3, Kenin, a former AO champion in the first round and Pegula(3), a hot contender for the title this year in the quarterfinals.
    Regarding their recent forms, I will put Rybakina in the front; Rybakina wins in 3 sets.

    Aryna Sabalenka vs. M. Linette
    These two players met 2 times and Sabalenka won both. Sabalenka, the world No. 5, was the favorite in this event from the beginning since she was in this stage; grand slam quarterfinals, two times and this year is her third try. She is one of the most powerful hitters of women players and when she is on, no one cannot stop her. Her form coming to AO this year is obviously dangerous to any opponent compared to her last year’s poor performance in which the number of double faults surpass the number of aces. She started the year by winning the title in Adelaide before coming to the AO. Linette, on the other hand, became a giant killer for this event regarding her results coming through to the quarterfinals; defeating big names like Kontaveit (round 2), Alexandrova ( round 3), Garcia (round 4) and Pliskova in the quarterfinals. Being in the semi finals of AO is her highest run of her career at the age of 30. She will have a difficult time trying to overcome Sabalenka’s power to win this important match. Sabalenka could win in 3

    Stay tuned for the up-coming men semi final AND as always, enjoy tennis everyone!!!

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