Nadal with­draws from Bris­bane Tour­na­ment

The Pak Banker - - MARKETS/SPORTS - BRIS­BANE -REUTERS

Top-ranked Rafael Nadal has with­drawn from the Bris­bane In­ter­na­tional due to his "late start of prepa­ra­tion" for the new sea­son.

Bris­bane In­ter­na­tional tour­na­ment di­rec­tor Cameron Pear­son said Thurs­day that "we re­ceived word of his with­drawal this morn­ing."

The joint ATP and WTA tour­na­ment be­gins Sun­day at Pat Rafter Arena.

Nadal, who pulled out of the ATP Fi­nals in Lon­don af­ter a loss to David Gof­fin in midNovem­ber due pain in his right knee, had ear­lier tweeted: "I am sorry to an­nounce I won't be com­ing to Bris­bane this year. My in­ten­tion was to play but I am still not ready af­ter last year's long sea­son and the late start of my prepa­ra­tion."

He later tweeted: "I will be see­ing my Aussie fans when I land on the 4th (of Jan­uary) in Mel­bourne and start there my prepa­ra­tion for the Aus­tralian Open."

Nadal had ear­lier pulled out of an ex­hi­bi­tion tour­na­ment in Abu Dhabi sched­uled for this week.

The

Aus­tralian

Open be­gins Jan. 15.

Andy Mur­ray is also sched­uled to play in Bris­bane in his first tour­na­ment since July but there has been me­dia spec­u­la­tion that hip sore­ness might mean a de­layed start to the sea­son for the British former No. 1.

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