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Rafael Nadal withdraws from next week’s Copa Claro in Buenos Aires

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Rafael Nadal injured his back during the Australian Open final against Stanislas Wawrinka. (Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)

Rafael Nadal injured his back during the Australian Open final against Stanislas Wawrinka. (Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)

Rafael Nadal announced on Twitter that he is withdrawing from next week’s Copa Claro in Buenos Aires, Argentina, an ATP 250 event.

While Nadal’s participation was already doubtful given the back injury he sustained before the Australian Open final two weeks ago versus Stanislas Wawrinka, the Spaniard cited a stomach virus that derailed his practice and preparation as the reason for his withdrawal. His next scheduled tournament is the inaugural Rio Open, which begins on Feb. 17th.

Here’s Nadal’s message in Spanish to fans regarding his withdrawal. Come for the sad announcement and stay for the backdrop, which includes just a few of his Grand Slam trophies:

Nadal’s withdrawal leaves No. 15 Fabio Fognini as the top seed in Buenos Aires. No. 5 David Ferrer has opted not to defend his in Buenos Aires this year. [Updated: Ferrer has decided to play Buenos Aires after all.]

  • Published On Feb 06, 2014
  • 14 comments
    Kel.ana00
    Kel.ana00

    gamesmanship?i think it's better to give wawrinka a fight in a final than to give him the match without finishing it...

    Nadal knew AO final 2014 was a huge opportunity because he will be one of the few men winning every grand slam twice...Nadal would love fighting for that glory because he knows he is capable of beating wawrinka... Nadal lost the first set against Dimitrov and won 2nd and 3rd in a tiebreak which could gone the other way but he didn't give up because he's not that type...he is a fighter!!!a fair competitor

    Kel.ana00
    Kel.ana00

    Nadal was losing at the US Open final to Djokovic last year after winning the first set but he found way to fight until the end and he won !!! 

    I haven't seen Nadal taking any injury timeout in a grand slam final...if he has a record like that then i would believe he is faking injury...winning or losing he fights in every point...why would he fake injury against wawrinka? why not against djokovic or murray ? or even to rosol and darcis? 

    Ace2020
    Ace2020

    Gotta keep up the pretence, just like his stomach virus at last year's AO, despite pictures of him practising.

    Ace2020
    Ace2020

    The fact you think he was injured against Rosol and Darcis is hilarious and proves how gullible you are. He was 100 per cent which was clear, he was running around like mad. Look up his MTO history, always when he is losing to try and upset his opponent and sadly it often works.

    Bailey74
    Bailey74

    What pretense?

    I swear, some of you would have us believe Rafa's diabolical plan as he was losing the AO to Stan was to fake injury, get a medical timeout in a bit of gamesmanship, and then proceed to not move for three sets and serve 80 mph all in an effort to... basically ensure he lost the match he was already losing.

    And then... then his evil genius would get even deeper, as he pulls out of tournaments nobody expected him to miss all in an effort to... give up a likely 250 points in the standings.

    Yes, it all makes such perfect sense! He is losing slam finals and ceding ranking points because... Why exactly? To convince the people who already believe he fakes these things? What would that get him, exactly?

    dami1
    dami1

    @LolaSorento  I don't know how you look like but I find your comment pretty small-minded.

    Bailey74
    Bailey74

    @Ace2020 So your evidence he was not injured against those opponents was that he was moving well. I guess that means he WAS injured against Stan then, right? Because his movement was noticeably reduced after that time out.

    dami1
    dami1

    @Bailey74  Oh yeah Bailey, Nadal communication.. cristal clear.

    Let's go back to 2012 and have a look... Losing in Wimbledon and saying he will come back on the US hard courts, then, saying... he would come back in Australia, then saying... Well, it was easy to lose track to say the least. Better read the pravda to get fresh news.


    Bailey74
    Bailey74

    @Ace2020 An injury is what it is.  You either win the match or you don't.  Darcis beat Nadal and I give him credit for it.  And I'm sure Rafa did too, because he's a classy guy.


    Does he mention his injuries sometimes?  Yes.  Because reporters ask about them, for one thing.  Does he play them up sometimes?  Probably.  A lot of athletes do that.  Especially when they're losing.  It's a natural mindset to look for a reason, or even an excuse, when you're conditioned to winning.  It doesn't make them bad people, or even poor sports in the final analysis.


    Was Roger a poor sport when he was whining about Nadal grunting?  Some people say yes, some say no.  Bottom line is Roger is far more classy than he is a poor sport.  So is Rafa.  So is Novak.  These are great champions who are more classy than not.  But, as they say, "haters gotta hate."

    Ace2020
    Ace2020

    Darcis was the injured one and he schooled Nadal in 3 sets. So you Nadal fans have gotta invent another injury right?

    Bailey74
    Bailey74

    @mangstadt @dami1 


    Yes... sorry.  The years are flying by too fast for my brain to keep up, apparently.

    Bailey74
    Bailey74

    @dami1


    I'm not saying his camp is transparent.  But they don't have any obligation to disclose the exact nature of his injuries to you, me or anyone else. Especially if the outlook is uncertain, which it most likely is.


    If he was supposed to participate in AO2012 and didn't, who did that hurt but himself?  He didn't gain any advantage by saying he was coming back and then pulling out.  If he was supposedly practicing when he said he wasn't, how is that sinister?  Again, who does it hurt?


    The "stomach bug" excuse coming up again does reek of not being true, but so what?  If anything those who root against Nadal should be happy, since it likely means (like AO2012) he's having some sort of injury setback they don't want to disclose.