MADRID (AP) — Rafael Nadal no participará en el Abierto de Australia debido a una infección estomacal, informó el español el viernes en un comunicado, lo que retrasa aún más su regreso desde que se vio obligado a dejar las canchas temporalmente en junio.

"Mi rodilla está bastante mejor, y el proceso de recuperación ha ido según lo previsto por los médicos", indicó Nadal, de 26 años. "Pero este proceso vírico ha hecho que no pudiera entrenar esta última semana y en los próximos días y por tanto, muy a mi pesar no podré reaparecer en el momento que habíamos previsto".

El español también se perderá el precedente Abierto de Qatar. El Abierto de Australia, el primer torneo de Grand Slam del año, inicia el 14 de enero. El mismo virus impidió a Nadal regresar a la actividad esta semana en Abu Dhabi.

"Rafa Nadal sufrió la semana pasada un proceso vírico que provocó una gastroenteritis con fiebre alta durante 4 o 5 días. Debido a este proceso se le ha recomendado reposo deportivo durante una semana", explicó Angel Ruiz Cotorro, médico principal del equipo de Nadal.

Nadal ha estado inactivo siete meses por una tendinitis en la rodilla izquierda desde que perdió contra el número 100 del escalafón, Lukas Rosol, en la segunda ronda de Wimbledon.

La lesión impidió que Nadal defendiera su medalla de oro individual en los Juegos Olímpicos de Londres, donde se suponía iba a ser el abanderado de la delegación española en la ceremonia inaugural.

También se tuvo que retirar del Abierto de Estados Unidos y de la final de la Copa Davis contra República Checa, que sus compañeros en el equipo español perdieron sin su ayuda.

"Creo que tal y como dicen los médicos y mi equipo, lo más prudente es hacer las cosas bien y este virus ha hecho retrasar todos mis planes de reaparecer en estos días", agregó el mallorquín. "Mi reaparición tendrá que esperar hasta el torneo de Acapulco (México) si bien no descartaría la posibilidad de reaparecer en algún torneo antes".

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    Spain's Rafael Nadal holds a symbolic check during the Brazil Open ATP tennis tournament award ceremony in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Sunday, Feb. 17, 2013. Nadal defeated Argentina's David Nalbandian 6-2, 6-3 in the final game. (AP Photo/Andre Penner)

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    Spain's Rafael Nadal celebrates at the end of the Brazil Open ATP tournament final tennis match against Argentina's David Nalbandian in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Sunday, Feb. 17, 2013. Nadal won 6-2, 6-3. (AP Photo/Andre Penner)

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    Spain's Rafael Nadal bites the Brazil Open ATP tennis tournament trophy as he poses for pictures after defeating Argentina's David Nalbandian in the final match in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Sunday, Feb. 17, 2013. Nadal won 6-2, 6-3. (AP Photo/Andre Penner)

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    Spain's Rafael Nadal holds up the Brazil Open ATP tennis tournament trophy after defeating Argentina's David Nalbandian in the final match in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Sunday, Feb. 17, 2013. Nadal won 6-2, 6-3. (AP Photo/Andre Penner)

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    Spanish tennis player Rafael Nadal takes part in a training session in Manacor on the Spanish Balearic Island of Mallorca on January 30, 2013. Nadal, who has been sidelined since June by a left knee injury and then a stomach complaint, will take part in the Vina del Mar tournament in Chile. AFP PHOTO/ Jaime REINA (Photo credit should read JAIME REINA/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Spanish tennis player Rafael Nadal takes part in a training session in Manacor on the Spanish Balearic Island of Mallorca on January 30, 2013. Nadal, who has been sidelined since June by a left knee injury and then a stomach complaint, will take part in the Vina del Mar tournament in Chile. AFP PHOTO/ Jaime REINA (Photo credit should read JAIME REINA/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Spanish tennis player Rafael Nadal gestures during a training session in Manacor on the Spanish Balearic Island of Mallorca on January 30, 2013. Nadal, who has been sidelined since June by a left knee injury and then a stomach complaint, will take part in the Vina del Mar tournament in Chile. AFP PHOTO/ Jaime REINA (Photo credit should read JAIME REINA/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Spanish tennis player Rafael Nadal takes part in a training session in Manacor on the Spanish Balearic Island of Mallorca on January 30, 2013. Nadal, who has been sidelined since June by a left knee injury and then a stomach complaint, will take part in the Vina del Mar tournament in Chile. AFP PHOTO/ Jaime REINA (Photo credit should read JAIME REINA/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Spanish tennis player Rafael Nadal takes part in a training session in Manacor on the Spanish Balearic Island of Mallorca on January 30, 2013. Nadal, who has been sidelined since June by a left knee injury and then a stomach complaint, will take part in the Vina del Mar tournament in Chile. AFP PHOTO/ Jaime REINA (Photo credit should read JAIME REINA/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Spanish tennis player Rafael Nadal (R) and his uncle and coach Toni Nadal take part in a training session in Manacor on the Spanish Balearic Island of Mallorca on January 30, 2013. Nadal, who has been sidelined since June by a left knee injury and then a stomach complaint, will take part in the Vina del Mar tournament in Chile. AFP PHOTO/ Jaime REINA (Photo credit should read JAIME REINA/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Spanish tennis player Rafael Nadal takes part in a training session in Manacor on the Spanish Balearic Island of Mallorca on January 30, 2013. Nadal, who has been sidelined since June by a left knee injury and then a stomach complaint, will take part in the Vina del Mar tournament in Chile. AFP PHOTO/ Jaime REINA (Photo credit should read JAIME REINA/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Spanish tennis player Rafael Nadal (R) and his his uncle and coach Toni Nadal take part in a training session in Manacor on the Spanish Balearic Island of Mallorca on January 30, 2013. Nadal, who has been sidelined since June by a left knee injury and then a stomach complaint, will take part in the Vina del Mar tournament in Chile. AFP PHOTO/ Jaime REINA (Photo credit should read JAIME REINA/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Spanish tennis player Rafael Nadal takes part in a training session in Manacor on the Spanish Balearic Island of Mallorca on January 30, 2013. Nadal, who has been sidelined since June by a left knee injury and then a stomach complaint, will take part in the Vina del Mar tournament in Chile. AFP PHOTO/ Jaime REINA (Photo credit should read JAIME REINA/AFP/Getty Images)

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    SITGES, SPAIN - NOVEMBER 26: Rafael Nadal attends a press conference for 'Champions Drink Responsibly' by Bacardi on November 26, 2012 in Sitges, Spain. (Photo by Robert Marquardt/Getty Images)

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    Spain's tennis player Rafael Nadal is pictured before the French L1 football match Paris Saint Germain (PSG) vs Reims (SR), on October 20, 2012 at the Parc des Princes stadium in Paris. AFP PHOTO / FRANCK FIFE (Photo credit should read FRANCK FIFE/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Spain's tennis player Rafael Nadal is pictured before the French L1 football match Paris Saint Germain (PSG) vs Reims (SR), on October 20, 2012 at the Parc des Princes stadium in Paris. AFP PHOTO / FRANCK FIFE (Photo credit should read FRANCK FIFE/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Spain's tennis player Rafael Nadal is pictured before the French L1 football match Paris Saint Germain (PSG) vs Reims (SR), on October 20, 2012 at the Parc des Princes stadium in Paris. AFP PHOTO / FRANCK FIFE (Photo credit should read FRANCK FIFE/AFP/Getty Images)

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    MADRID, SPAIN - SEPTEMBER 17: Rafa Nadal receives 'Man of the Year' award 2012 by Vanity Fair magazine at Italian Embassy on September 17, 2012 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Carlos Alvarez/Getty Images)

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    MADRID, SPAIN - SEPTEMBER 17: Rafa Nadal receives 'Man of the Year' award 2012 by Vanity Fair magazine at Italian Embassy on September 17, 2012 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Carlos Alvarez/Getty Images)

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  • Rafael Nadal of Spain lies on the court after failing to return a shot to Lukas Rosol of the Czech Republic during a second round men's singles match at the All England Lawn Tennis Championships at Wimbledon, England, Thursday, June 28, 2012. (AP Photo/Anja Niedringhaus)

  • Rafael Nadal of Spain lies on the court after failing to return a shot to Lukas Rosol of the Czech Republic during a second round men's singles match at the All England Lawn Tennis Championships at Wimbledon, England, Thursday, June 28, 2012. (AP Photo/Anja Niedringhaus)

  • Rafael Nadal of Spain reacts during a second round men's singles match against Lukas Rosol of the Czech Republic at the All England Lawn Tennis Championships at Wimbledon, England, Thursday, June 28, 2012. (AP Photo/Anja Niedringhaus)

  • Rafael Nadal of Spain plays a return to Lukas Rosol of the Czech Republic during a second round men's singles match at the All England Lawn Tennis Championships at Wimbledon, England, Thursday, June 28, 2012. (AP Photo/Anja Niedringhaus)

  • Rafael Nadal of Spain plays a return to Lukas Rosol of the Czech Republic during a second round men's singles match at the All England Lawn Tennis Championships at Wimbledon, England, Thursday, June 28, 2012. (AP Photo/Anja Niedringhaus)

  • Rafael Nadal of Spain reacts after winning a first round men's singles match against Thomaz Bellucci of Brazil at the All England Lawn Tennis Championships at Wimbledon, England, Tuesday, June 26, 2012. (AP Photo/Anja Niedringhaus)

  • Rafael Nadal of Spain reacts after winning a first round men's singles match against Thomaz Bellucci of Brazil at the All England Lawn Tennis Championships at Wimbledon, England, Tuesday, June 26, 2012. (AP Photo/Anja Niedringhaus)

  • Rafael Nadal of Spain plays a return to Thomaz Bellucci of Brazil during a first round men's singles match at the All England Lawn Tennis Championships at Wimbledon, England, Tuesday, June 26, 2012. (AP Photo/Anja Niedringhaus)

  • Rafael Nadal of Spain reacts during a first round men's singles match against Thomaz Bellucci of Brazil at the All England Lawn Tennis Championships at Wimbledon, England, Tuesday, June 26, 2012. (AP Photo/Anja Niedringhaus)

  • Rafael Nadal of Spain returns a shot to Thomaz Bellucci of Brazil during a first round men's singles match at the All England Lawn Tennis Championships at Wimbledon, England, Tuesday, June 26, 2012. (AP Photo/Anja Niedringhaus)

  • Rafael Nadal of Spain plays a return to Thomaz Bellucci of Brazil during a first round men's singles match at the All England Lawn Tennis Championships at Wimbledon, England, Tuesday, June 26, 2012. (AP Photo/Anja Niedringhaus)

  • Rafael Nadal of Spain reacts during a first round men's singles match against Thomaz Bellucci of Brazil at the All England Lawn Tennis Championships at Wimbledon, England, Tuesday, June 26, 2012. (AP Photo/Anja Niedringhaus)

  • Rafael Nadal of Spain chases down a shot by Thomaz Bellucci of Brazil during a first round men's singles match at the All England Lawn Tennis Championships at Wimbledon, England, Tuesday, June 26, 2012. (AP Photo/Anja Niedringhaus)

  • Rafael Nadal of Spain returns a shot to Thomaz Bellucci of Brazil during a first round men's singles match at the All England Lawn Tennis Championships at Wimbledon, England, Tuesday, June 26, 2012. (AP Photo/Anja Niedringhaus)

  • Rafael Nadal of Spain returns a shot to Thomaz Bellucci of Brazil during a first round men's singles match at the All England Lawn Tennis Championships at Wimbledon, England, Tuesday, June 26, 2012. (AP Photo/Anja Niedringhaus)

  • Rafael Nadal of Spain returns a shot to Thomaz Bellucci of Brazil during a first round men's singles match at the All England Lawn Tennis Championships at Wimbledon, England, Tuesday, June 26, 2012. (AP Photo/Anja Niedringhaus)

  • Rafael Nadal of Spain returns a shot to Thomaz Bellucci of Brazil during a first round men's singles match at the All England Lawn Tennis Championships at Wimbledon, England, Tuesday, June 26, 2012. (AP Photo/Anja Niedringhaus)


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