Nadal out of Australian Open
World number four Rafael Nadal pulled out of the Australian Open on
Friday, claiming he was still suffering from the stomach virus which
caused him to cancel his plans to return to action in the Gulf this
Nadal, the 11-time Grand Slam title winner, has also withdrawn from
the Qatar Open which starts on Monday and where he was due to play his
first official tournament since losing in the second round at Wimbledon
The Spaniard, who has been battling a crippling knee injury, had
missed the Olympics, the US Open and Davis Cup final.
"My knee is much better but the virus didn't allow me to practice
this past week and therefore I am sorry to announce that I will not play
in Doha and the Australian Open," Nadal said.