Rafael Nadal: How many times have you been absent from the Australian Open?

Rafael Nadal (6th) confirmed through his social networks that he tested positive for COVID-19 and his presence in the Australian Open 2022 is increasingly unknown.

Throughout his career, the native of Manacor has contested the contest 16 times with a balance of only one trophy (2009) being the Grand Slam tournament that less times won.

In turn, for various reasons, he has missed it twice and 2022 could be the third.. The first time he did not play it after having debuted in the contest (2004) was in 2006. In that year the Spanish did not travel to Oceania due to a congenital injury to your left foot, also called a stress fracture. That same one became chronic and was the one that took him away from the courts during the final stretch of 2021. At that time he missed the 2005 Masters and the 2006 ocean tournament to reappear in Marseille.

And in 2013, his last year so far without playing the Australian Open, Nadal was absent due to a stomach bug.. “Rafael suffered a viral process last week that caused gastroenteritis with high fever for 4 or 5 days. Due to this process, sports rest for a week has been recommended.. Given the circumstances and taking into account that the next tournament in Doha begins next week, he will not be in sufficient physical condition to continue with the necessary rehabilitation process by also doing impossible to participate in the Australian Open “ the Spanish personal physician had stated at that time.