Wednesday November 5th, 2014

Rafael Nadal left a Barcelona hospital on Wednesday after undergoing successful surgery to remove his appendix, according to The Associated Press.

Nadal underwent the operation, which was a laparoscopic surgery, on Monday and was expected to be discharged within 24 to 48 hours.

The No. 3 player in the world, Nadal was diagnosed with appendicitis four weeks ago during the Shanghai Masters tournament in China, first attempting to treat the condition with drugs before opting for surgery.

According to the AP, Nadal should be able to resume full training in a month. He'll miss the ATP Finals in London, which begin Sunday, but should be back in time for the beginning of next season. The first tournament of 2015 is the Brisbane International, which begins Jan. 5.

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In 2014, Nadal went 48-11 and won four tournaments, including the French Open for a record fifth straight year, giving him a record nine French Open titles for his career. He also made the finals of the Australian Open and the fourht round at Wimbledon, though he was unable to compete for most of the hard court season, including the U.S. Open, due to a wrist injury.

Nadal last competed at the Swiss Indoors two weeks ago.

- Ben Estes 

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