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Nadal: He missed 16 major tournaments due to injury

Nadal: He missed 16 major tournaments due to injury

A muscle problem in his left thigh forces Rafa Nadal to miss the 2024 Australian Open and withdraw. For the sixteenth time in his career in a Grand Slam tournament. Rafa missed the Australian Open 3 times (2006, 2013 and 2024), Paris 3 times (2003, 2004 and 2023), Wimbledon 5 times (2004, 2009, 2016, 2021 and 2023) and the US Open 5 times (2012, 2014, 2020, 2021 and 2023). .

The first Grand Slam tournament in which Rafael Nadal could participate, by right of classification, was Roland Garros in 2003. But in May, after Hamburg, he injured his elbow in training and missed his debut in the tournament he loved more than any other. another thing. . .
12 months have passed and Rafa will miss Paris again but also Wimbledon due to a stress fracture in his left foot that he sustained in April in the Estoril tournament at the end of the match in which he beat Gasquet.
In November 2005, after a marathon victory in Madrid in the final against Ivan Ljubicic, Rafa injured the sole of his left foot and missed the 2006 Australian Open.
In 2009, after a historic defeat to Robin Soderling in Paris, Rafa abandoned the Wimbledon tournament due to knee tendinitis.
After the 2012 Wimbledon Championships (second-round defeat to Lukas Rosol) a left hamstring injury associated with Hoffa Syndrome forced Nadal to miss the 2012 US Open and the 2013 Australian Open.
An injury to his right wrist after the 2014 Wimbledon Championships means Rafa will miss one of the Grand Slam tournaments for the eighth time, which is the 2014 US Open.
At Roland Garros 2016 he withdrew before the match against Marcel Granollers due to a right wrist problem and missed Wimbledon.
Due to the epidemic, Rafa abandons playing the US Open in 2020. In 2021, he abandons Wimbledon due to a foot problem (Müller-Weiss Syndrome), and then in Washington 2021, after the defeat to Harris, he announces the early closure of the season. In 2023, after a second round defeat in Australia to Mackenzie McDonald, he ended 2023 with hip problems and now a new injury (a problem with his left quadriceps muscle) that forced him to give up his 16th Grand Slam title, the 2024 Australian Open.

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On the other hand, Djokovic missed 3 Grand Slams, while Federer missed 7. On the other hand, Novak Djokovic missed one Australian Open (in 2022 due to his expulsion by the Australian government after the pandemic) and two US Opens: one In 2017 (right elbow) and 2022 (denied entry to the USA). On the other hand, Roger Federer missed Australia 2021 (surgery on his right knee), and four Roland Garros (three in a row from 2016 to 2018 plus one in 2020: 2016 due to his back, 2017 and 2018 due to a skip decision). clay court season and finally in 2020 for the knee), as well as the 2016 (back) and 2020 (knee) US Open.