Tennis

Nadal pulls out of Brisbane tournament

World No. 1 Rafael Nadal's preparations for the Australian Open, which runs from Jan 15-28, have suffered a blow after he made a late withdrawal from the Brisbane International.

The 31-year-old Spaniard has not played since he withdrew from last month's season-ending World Tour Finals in London with a knee injury. He had already withdrawn from the Mubadala World Tennis Championship in Abu Dhabi, which started yesterday.

"My intention was to play, but I am still not ready after last year's long season and the late start of my preparation," tweeted Nadal, who added that he will start his preparations in Melbourne on Jan 4. - REUTERS

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