Nadal out for six to eight weeks

Aurélie Sacchelli, Media365, published on Thursday January 19, 2023 at 09:00

Rafael Nadal has announced that he has a psoas injury and will be out for six to eight weeks.

The diagnosis has fallen for Rafael Nadal! Injured on Wednesday during his loss in the second round of the Australian Open against Mackenzie McDonald, the world No. 2 gave his news via a tweet published this Thursday morning, and they are mixed: “Good evening. I performed medical tests after yesterday’s loss. MRI shows a grade 2 lesion in the iliopsoas of the left leg. Now it’s sports rest and anti-inflammatory physiotherapy. Normal recovery time 6-8 weeks. “Things are therefore clear, the man with 22 Grand Slam tournaments will not be able to make his return before the Indian Wells Masters 1000 (which begins on March 8) or the Miami Masters 1000 (which begins on March 22). Bad luck therefore for the organizers of the ATP 500 tournament in Dubai, which begins on February 27 and which announced with great fanfare the return of Rafael Nadal after fifteen years of absence. The Majorcan is already forfeited, and nothing says that he will play this tournament again one day.

What ranking for Nadal at Roland-Garros?

It remains to be seen whether “Rafa” will return to Indian Wells or Miami, or whether he will definitely skip the American tour in March to focus on the clay court season, he who will be aiming for a fifteenth title at Roland-Garros in month of June, and that some (Alexandre Zverev, Marion Bartoli …), already imagine retiring at the end of the Parisian tournament. As for the ranking, the current world No. 2 is virtually 6th in the world with the loss of his points from his victory at the Australian Open 2022, and ten players can still pass him by the end of the season. tournament, worst case scenario. At the end of February, Nadal will also lose 500 points from his victory in Acapulco last year and should therefore fall further. If he comes to Indian Wells, he will still have the 600 points from his 2022 final to defend, then will be quiet on points to defend until the Masters 1000 in Madrid in early May. He will then have, quite a rarity to be reported, only 270 points to defend during the preparation tournaments at Roland-Garros. What ranking will he be at when the Porte d’Auteuil tournament begins? The next few months will allow us to find out more…

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