Another injury blow hurts Nadal
Rafael Nadal is facing another battle to regain full fitness after the recurrence of a hip problem forced him to withdraw from the Mexican Open in Acapulco.
The 16-time Grand Slam champion was preparing to make his first tournament appearance since the Australian Open, but noticed a problem in his final training session and is now waiting to find out the exact nature of the issue.
There is a significant risk of increasing the injury and I have no choice.Rafael Nadal
The Spanish left-hander told reporters: "My goal and hope was to play in this tournament. Unfortunately, in my last training session, I felt a sharp pain in my leg again.
"I had done all the right steps to get well prepared for the tournament, which was my goal and my dream. Unfortunately, I noticed a puncture in the same area where I had the problem in Australia.
"Doctors have told me that it is impossible to play, regardless of whether it hurts. There is a significant risk of increasing the injury and I have no choice."
Nadal was forced to retire during the final set of his clash with eventual runner-up Marin Cilic in the quarter-finals of the Australian Open last month and has been unable to return to the match court ever since.
The 31-year-old will hope to be able to return in time to prepare for the French Open, where Nadal has won an astonishing ten of his 16 Grand Slam titles.
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