After suffering an injury on Wednesday while playing in the second round of the Australian Open, world number two Rafael Nadal announced on Thursday that he will be out of action for six to eight weeks.
On Wednesday, defending champion Rafael Nadal was eliminated from the Australian Open after falling to Mackenzie McDonald of the United States 6-4, 6-4, 7-5 in the second round.
He was the number one seed in the first Grand Slam of the year when he got injured, which changed the way he played. His “worst Grand Slam result” in seven years came against Nadal, who was ranked 65th in the United States.
The 36-year-old Spaniard took a break due to what appeared to be a hip injury. After a brief pause, he resumed, but he was unable to maintain his previous pace.
Earlier, Nadal stated that his hip pain had been bothering him for “a couple of days,” but he wasn’t sure if it was a muscle or joint issue.
The 22-time Grand Slam champion stated, “Sometimes it’s frustrating, sometimes it’s difficult to accept, and sometimes you feel super tired about all this stuff in terms of injuries.”
“Now is a difficult time. You need to accept that today will be difficult and keep going. You should know that, in the end, I have no right to be unhappy with my life. I will be lying if I claim that I am not mentally destroyed at this time. I find it difficult. But let’s see, let’s hope it isn’t too bad.
With 2022 being yet another rollercoaster year, the legendary career of the Spaniard has frequently been haunted by physical limitations.
He won the Australian Open, but in March he broke his ribs in a stress fracture. He then needed daily painkillers injected into his left foot to get through to his 14th French Open title in June.
After that, an injury to his abdomen ended his chances of winning a third Wimbledon title.