The Spaniard has suffered a rib stress fracture, he revealed on Tuesday
Rafael Nadal is sidelined again. © TPN / Getty Images
World number three Rafael Nadal has been ruled out of action from four to six weeks after suffering a rib stress fracture, as confirmed by his personal physician and the player himself.
Nadal – who became the record Grand Slam title holder in men’s tennis at the Australian Open in January – saw his unbeaten start to 2022 come to an end in the final of the Indian Wells Masters at the weekend, where he was defeated by Taylor Fritz but complained of a chest issue and breathing difficulties during the tournament.
On Twitter, Nadal confirmed on Tuesday that he had returned to Spain and immediately went to visit his medical team after playing “with discomfort” against Fritz.
“As it turns out, I have a stress fracture in one of my ribs and will be out for 4-6 weeks,” he said, which was also confirmed by his personal physician Dr. Angel Ruiz-Cotorro to Spanish media.
“This is not good news and I did not expect this,” Nadal added, saying that he was “sunk and sad” due to having had “such a good time” at the start of the current season.
“I reached a very important part of the year with very good feelings and good results,” Nadal went on.
“But hey, I’ve always had that spirit of fighting and overcoming [things] and I will be patient and work hard after my recovery,” Nadal vowed, before thanking his followers for their support.