Not only the elimination from the Australian Open 2023, but also the injury for Rafael Nadal. The Spanish tennis player suffered an injury during the second round match against the American MacKenzie McDonald and now this stop will cost him dearly.
Nadal underwent an MRI in Melbourne, an MRI which showed a second degree lesion of the iliopsosas muscle in his left leg and he will have to remain stationary for some time. Specifically, in these cases of injury, the estimated time for recovery varies between six and eight weeks.
Nadal will therefore have to stay still for about two months, a knockout that will force him to miss several tournaments on the Tour. The tennis player underwent an MRI at Melbourne hospital this morning, together with his doctor Angel Ruiz Cotorro.
Yet another injury in an extraordinary career and at the same time studded with numerous serious stops. There is curiosity to understand where and when the tennis player will return to the Tour. About some rumors, he will come back for his beloved clay swing.
The latest on Rafael Nadal
The 2023 Australian Open saw several injuries before and during the tournament. The first Grand Slam of the year saw the forfeit before the tournament of world number one Carlos Alcaraz, who was injured a few weeks before the start of the tournament.
A few days ago also Nick Kyrgios, one of the most eagerly awaited athletes gave up announcing that he could not participate in the tournament. A real series of injuries that hit the tournament. Nadal took part in the tournament as defending champion but a physical stop conditioned his match in no small way.
Rafa was injured midway through the second set of the match against McDonald and was unable to go on. In the end, the Iberian tennis player resisted playing until the end, not retiring and honoring the tournament. However, Nadal succumbed in three sets, collapsing in front of the blows of a McDonald who was still playing very well. Now Rafa will return to Spain and begin the phase of physiotherapy and recovery.