Rafael Nadal plans lengthy absence

Rafael Nadal has said that he will take a several-week absence from tennis after the Australian Open to rest and practise.



The world number two will take the time off in February to recover from a recurring shoulder problem which he picked up at the ATP World Tour Finals in London in November.



“I had a problem before London with my shoulder and I had to stop for about ten days before the [ATP] finals,” the Spaniard said.



“It felt better again but resurfaced, I couldn’t practise.”



The 25-year-old is currently in Abu Dhabi defending his Mubadala World Tennis Championship crown and will face David Ferrer in the semi-finals tomorrow after his compatriot saw off Jo-Wilfried Tsonga earlier today.

Read more :
  • Blue Monday and home loss fails to dampen spirits in Toronto
    TORONTO - It may have been Blue Monday, the day identified as the most depressing of the year, but in hockey-mad Toronto it was party-time as the Maple Leafs played their first home game si...
  • Andy Murray relishing Olympic challenge
    British number one Andy Murray has claimed that he is determined to make his mark on this summer's Olympic Games in London. The Scotsman has been selected for Team Great Britain in the men...
  • Lakers limp out of Canada seeking spark to save season
    TORONTO - The struggling Los Angeles Lakers were unable to solve their mounting problems in the National Basketball Association's most northern outpost on Sunday as the Toronto Raptors hand...
  • Rio Ferdinand withdraws from England squad
    Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand has pulled out of the England squad for the World Cup qualifiers with San Marino and Montenegro, national team coach Roy Hodgson announced on Monday...
  • Djokovic’s ironman qualities tested again in Melbourne
    MELBOURNE - Novak Djokovic once had a reputation for wilting when the physical strain became too much - not anymore. In 2009, extreme heat forced him to retire during the quarter-finals at...
  • Jo-Wilfried Tsonga happy with World Tour draw
    Number seven seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga has revealed that he is happy with his draw for the ATP World Tours Finals next week. The Frenchman has been drawn alongside former world number ones R...
  • Roger Federer eyes London gold
    World number three Roger Federer has set his sights on winning Olympic gold at next year's London games. The 30-year-old Swiss triumphed in the English capital yesterday by winning the ATP...
  • Li Na dumped out in Eastbourne by Vesnina
    EASTBOURNE, United Kingdom: China’s Li Na missed her chance for a semi-final spot at the ATP-WTA Eastbourne International on a muggy on Thursday (Friday in Manila) as the second seed lost t...