The Straits Times
Published on Dec 28, 2012

Nadal forced to withdraw from Australian Open due to illness


MADRID (REUTERS) - French Open champion Rafael Nadal has been forced to withdraw from next month's Australian Open due to a stomach virus that has disrupted his recovery from a knee injury, the world No. 4 said on Friday.

"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," the Spaniard said in a statement.

"Therefore I am sorry to announce that I will not play in Doha and the Australian Open, as we had initially scheduled."