World No. 1 Rafael Nadal announced on Thursday that his medical scans following the Australian Open revealed no serious damage to his back and that he will be able to resume competition promptly. It appears that the medical examinations ”were satisfactory and showed positive evolution,” according to the 13 time Grand Slam champion.
Doctors had prescribed anti-inflammatory medication and physical therapy to speed his recovery.
The 27-year-old began to suffer from back pains during his warm-up ahead of the Australian Open final against Wawrinka, which escalated to extreme pain in the second set, where Nadal was unable to bend his back or strike any first serves. He eventually took a medical timeout, received treatment, and managed to fight back in the third set to push the match to a four set, but his comeback halted there as Wawrinka broke ahead late in the set to steal the match and his first Grand Slam title.
Nadal is still expected to play in Buenos Aires next week, as well as later tournaments in Rio de Janeiro, Indian Wells and Miami. The Spaniard is currently working in the gym on regaining his peak form and also mentioned in his released statement that he will decide ”when he is ready to return to competition.”