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Rafael Nadal slams Australian Open tour organisers over his leg injury

The World No. 1 blamed the Australian Open tour organisers for drafting a gruelling schedule for the players

Prabhjeet Singh Sethi 24 January 2018, 7:38 PM
Nadal is prone to injuries

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This is not the first time Rafael Nadal has injured himself. But this certainly is one of those rare moments when you see him lash out at the organisers of a Grand Slam. The World No. 1 blamed the Australian Open tour organisers for drafting a gruelling schedule for the players. He further added that injuries overall are cutting many careers short.

In an interview after retiring from his match against Marin Cilic, Nadal said, "Somebody who is running the tour should think a little bit about what's going on. Too many people are getting injured. I don't know if they have to think a little bit about the health of the players. Not for now that we are playing, but there is life after tennis. I don't know if we keep playing on these very, very hard surfaces what's going to happen in the future with our lives. It's a negative thing, but I [am not] going to complain because [it] happened to me more than others."

The sixth-seeded Cilic advanced to his first semifinal in Australia since 2010 with a 3-6, 6-3, 6-7 (5), 6-2, 2-0 victory on Tuesday. He will next play 49th-ranked Kyle Edmund, who beat third-ranked Grigor Dimitrov 6-4, 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 to reach a Grand Slam semifinal for the first time.

According to reports, Nadal is out for three weeks owing to a torn hip muscle. We wish him a speedy recovery.

(With inputs from AP)

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