Rafael Nadal has spoken out after being diagnosed with a rib stress fracture which could wreak havoc with his French Open preparations. The Spaniard was pipped in the BNP Paribas Open final by Taylor Fritz on Sunday after complaining of breathing difficulties.
Nadal’s social media statement read: “I wanted to announce that I have returned to Spain and I immediately went to visit my medical team to do the tests after the Indian Wells final that I played with discomfort. As it turns out, I have a stress crack in one of my ribs and will be out for 4-6 weeks.
“This is not good news and I did not expect this. I am sunk and sad because after the start of the season I have had such a good time.
“I reached a very important part of the year with very good feelings and good results. But hey, I’ve always had that fighting and overcoming spirit and what I will do is be patient and work hard after my recovery. Once again thank everyone for the support.”
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