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Nadal Withdraws From Doha And Australian Open

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Nadal© AFP/Getty ImagesRafael Nadal has delayed his return to the ATP World Tour due to illness.

Rafael Nadal has been forced to withdraw from the Qatar ExxonMobil Open in Doha and the Australian Open due to a stomach virus.

"My knee is much better and the rehabilitation process has gone well as predicted by the doctors, but this virus didn’t allow me to practise this past week and therefore I am sorry to announce that I will not play in Doha and the Australian Open, as we had initially scheduled,” said Nadal.

“I will have to wait until the [Abierto Mexicano Telcel] Acapulco tournament to compete again although I may consider to play before [that] at another ATP World Tour event.”

The 26-year-old Spaniard has not played competitively since 28 June, when he lost to Czech Lukas Rosol 6-7(9), 6-4, 6-4, 2-6, 6-4 in the Wimbledon second round.

Angel Ruiz-Cotorro, Nadal’s doctor and Director of the Centro Mapfre de Medicina del Tenis, said, “Last week, Rafa Nadal suffered a viral process that provoked a gastroenteritis with high fever for four or five days.”

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