Rafael Nadal withdrew from the Thailand Open today, citing the abdominal injury that has been troubling him since the Rogers Cup tournament in Montreal this August.
“I am very disappointed not to be able to play in Bangkok. I was looking forward to this tournament but the injury I have been suffering during the North American summer swing needs to be taken care of. I am really looking forward to playing next year in Thailand where I have a very loyal and big fan base.”
And via the AP:
An ultrasound found that Nadal had an “acute rupture of his right abdominal muscle” that will require physiotherapy, rest and medication for “two to three weeks,” the chief doctor of the Spanish Tennis Federation said in a statement released by tournament organizers on Monday.
The Thailand Open runs from Sept. 26-Oct. 4
Rafael Nadal has company in the ATP’s medical ward. The two other guys in the top 3 are also hurting.
Here’s Andy Murray on his wrist injury (via the BBC)
“The pain’s bearable but I need to decide what to do next because it’s such a short turnaround at the end of the year and the preparations for Australia have to be very good because of the conditions so I need to decide when I can fit in a long break.”
“Whether that’s 14 days or longer, you just have to be careful with wrists and not keep playing when there’s something wrong because the problem doesn’t go away.”
Murray said his main goal is to be fit for the World Tour Finals in November.
Roger Federer, who, like Murray, played in Davis Cup this past weekend, says he’s hurting for a holiday (via AP):
“I have to go on holiday badly. I have a problem with my leg, I have a problem with my arm — everything is hurting. And I’ve got to do some baby-sitting. I’ve been spending a lot of time on the tennis court the last few weeks.”
Roger’s next scheduled tournament is the Tokyo Open, beginning on October 5.