By Nathan Salt For Mailonline
Published: 10:17 GMT, 2 January 2019 | Updated: 10:34 GMT, 2 January 2019
Rafael Nadal has been forced to pull out of the Brisbane International due to a thigh injury.
It is the latest injury blow for the Spaniard as his preparations for the first Grand Slam of the year starting in Melbourne on January 14 take a knock.
'I did an MRI and it shows a small staring on my left thigh,' Nadal told reporters in Brisbane. 'I tried to play, I wanted to play, but recommendations from the doctors (were otherwise).
Rafael Nadal has been forced to withdraw from the Brisbane International due to