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Rafa Nadal pulls out of Copa Claro

Posted on 07/02/2014 in Tennis

Rafa Nadal has pulled out of next week's ATP tournament in Buenos Aires.

The world number one, who lost the Australian Open final to Stanislas Wawrinka in a match he described as one of the worst of his life, made the announcement in an online video.

He apologised to both the Copa Claro organisers and fans, but insists he has not been able to train following the back injury that affected his performance in Melbourne and a stomach virus he has picked up.

Nadal said: "We are four days away from the tournament and without training and given what happened in Australia, it is impossible for me to prepare adequately for a competition as important as the one in Buenos Aires."

The Spaniard's withdrawal means the tournament is now wide open, with Fabio Fognini and a resurgent Tommy Robredo among the favourites.

How will the withdrawal affect Nadal's form? After month's out of the game with a knee issue, will his back problem now become a cause for concern?

The Copa Claro tournament starts on February 10th. Before placing a tennis bet, check out our odds.