A six to eight week recuperation would allow Nadal to return well before the clay court season.
Rafa Nadal speaking after the match.
He had been carrying the injury before the match against Mackenzie McDonald.
Rafa Nadal, who needed to take a medical timeout at the end of the second set.
Melbourne (Australia), 18/01/2023.- Rafael Nadal of Spain attends a press conference after losing his match against Mackenzie McDonald of the USA during the 2023 Australian Open tennis tournament at Melbourne Park in Melbourne, Australia, 18 January 2023. (Tenis, Abierto, España, Estados Unidos) EFE/EPA/LUKAS COCH AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND OUT
There were also fears over the fitness of Novak Djokovic.
Melbourne (Australia), 16/01/2023.- Jack Draper of Great Britain (L) at the net with Rafael Nadal of Spain following their Men'Äôs Singles 1st round match on Day 1 of the 2023 Australian Open tennis tournament at Melbourne Park in Melbourne, Australia, 16 January 2023. (Tenis, Abierto, Gran Bretaña, España, Reino Unido) EFE/EPA/LUKAS COCH AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND OUT
"He has a big chance to win the Australian Open."
Nadal is passionate about the ocean.
Rafa Nadal with his baby boy in Australia.
"I need battles like this..."
Rafa Nadal during the match against Cameron Norrie.