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  • Updated: January 19, 2023

Australian Open: Rafael Nadal Out For Eight Weeks With Hip Injury

Spain's Rafael Nadal has confirmed that he will be on the sidelines for six to eight weeks with a hip injury that brought a cruel end to his Australian Open title defence.

The 22-time Grand Slam champion who struggled with what appeared to be a hip problem in his second-round tie against  American Mackenzie McDonald fell to a 6-4 6-4 7-5 defeat at Melbourne Park on Wednesday.

Nadal, taking to Twitter on Thursday, said an MRI scan on his left hip in Melbourne showed a tear in his left psoas muscle.

"The scan showed a grade two injury in the psoas of the left leg," Nadal who was mentally destroyed after bowing out in Melbourne tweeted.

"Now it is time to have rest and anti-inflammatory physiotherapy.

"The normal recovery time is six to eight weeks."


The timeframe means Nadal is now a huge doubt to play the first Masters tournament of the 2023 season at Indian Wells in March.

The European clay-court season starts the following month and culminates in early June at the French Open, where Nadal hopes to win a record-extending 15th title.


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