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Rafael Nadal hit with BIG injury blow as stress fracture in rib rules him out for up to six weeks | Tennis News


Rafa Nadal has suffered a stress fracture in his rib and can be out for up to six weeks, the Spaniard’s crew mentioned on Tuesday (March 23). Nadal, the winner of 21 Grand Slam singles titles, complained of a chest concern throughout his run to the ultimate of the ATP 1000 occasion in Indian Wells, California final week.

Upon his arrival in Spain on Tuesday, Nadal visited his medical crew in Barcelona for assessments which revealed “a stress fracture of the third left costal arch”.

“This is not good news and I did not expect this,” Nadal mentioned in an announcement despatched by his crew.

“I’m disappointed and sad because after a good start to the season I was coming to a very important part of the year with very good feelings and good results. “I’ve at all times had that spirit of combating and ….I’ll… work onerous (for) my restoration.”

Nadal’s injury occurred throughout his three-set semi-final victory over teenaged compatriot Carlos Alcaraz however he nonetheless performed the ultimate in which he went down to American Taylor Fritz – his first loss in the season after 20 consecutive wins. His physician mentioned that the 35-year-old can be out of motion for “four to six weeks”, ruling him out of subsequent month’s Monte Carlo Masters and placing doubts over his participation in the ATP 1000 occasions in Madrid and Rome in May.

The French Open, the 12 months’s second main at Roland Garros the place Nadal has gained a file 13 titles, is scheduled to begin from May 22. Nadal began the 2022 season unprepared and with uncertainty looming over him due to a foot drawback that pressured him to miss a piece of the 2021 season together with Wimbledon, the Olympics and the U.S. Open.

After struggling a bout of COVID-19 earlier than arriving in Melbourne in January, Nadal mentioned he had even thought of retiring when the foot drawback that has troubled him all through his profession resurfaced final 12 months. But that didn’t cease the left-hander from successful three consecutive titles in 2022, together with the Australian Open that helped him to enhance his main haul to 21 and take sole possession of the lads’s file he had beforehand shared with Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer.

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