Originally Posted by TennisCJC
This sounds credible. You don't pull out 2.5 weeks in advance due to a stomach virus. If everything else is fine, he would be over a stomach virus in 1-3 days and back on the practice court.
The reason for Nadal withdrawing from AustralianOpen2013 was because it is obviously unsuitable for a player to come back after not having played a match for 6 months into a best of 5 sets tournament. Nadal needs more time and match practice, which Nadal can easily do in Acapulco2013 (which he won in 2005). The stomach virus combined with his knee injury meant that Nadal lacked the time to practice for AustralianOpen2013, hence had to pull out. Is that so hard to understand?