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Training camp cancellation increases Nadal fears

22nd December 2017, 14:40 by Chris Rivers

Rafael Nadal cancelled a training camp with Joao Sousa this week amid fears over his return to competitive tennis in January.

The world No.1's long-standing knee problems flared up again towards the end of last season, forcing him to withdraw from the Paris Masters and ATP World Tour Finals in November.

The 31-year-old said at the time that he was confident of fulfilling his scheduled dates in the build-up to January's Australian Open, starting with the exhibition Mubadala World Tennis Championship in Abu Dhabi at the end of December.

However, fears over Nadal's fitness have arisen this week following reports he had flown to see a specialist in Barcelona to discuss the state of his knees.

Sousa has now revealed he was supposed to link up with Nadal at his academy in Mallorca this week for a five-day training camp, only for Nadal to cancel.

The 16-time Grand Slam champion will be desperate to be fighting fit in time for the Australian Open, which gets underway on January 15, particularly as he has a significant number of ranking points to defend after reaching the final last year.

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Chris Rivers is an experienced reporter who closely follows both Arsenal and Wales Rugby Union team. As well as in-depth football and rugby knowledge, Chris is an avid American Football, Formula One and boxing fan.

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