Rafael Nadal To Take Time Off Following Australian Open Due To Nagging Injury

Will Yoder
Thursday December 29th, 2011

Rafael Nedal will take several weeks off following the 2012 Australian Open in order to recover from a shoulder injury, according to the Associated Press.

Nadal told reporters today that he originally inured his shoulder before the ATP World Tour Finals in November. The 25-year-old star went just 1-2 at the tournament, losing to Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and archrival Roger Federer.

"I had a problem before London with my shoulder and I had to stop for about 10 days before the (ATP) finals," Nadal said Thursday in Abu Dhabi. "It felt better but again it resurfaced. In December, I did not have enough time to practice because of that." Nadal posted a 69-15 overall record in 2011 while claiming three singles titles and one doubles title.

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