Rafael Nadal has withdrawn from the Qatar ExxonMobil Open 2013 due to a stomach virus. Ruben Ramirez Hidalgo of Spain, ranked No. 85, receives direct entry into the main draw. Rafa Nadal: "My knee is much better and the rehabilitation process has gone well as predicted by the doctors, but this virus didn’t allow me to practice this past week and therefore I am sorry to announce that I will not play in Doha and the Australian Open, as we had initially scheduled.”
“As my team and doctors say, the safest thing to do is to do things well and this virus has delayed my plans of playing these weeks. I will have to wait until the Acapulco tournament to compete again although I could consider to play before at any other ATP event” added Nadal
“I always said that my return to competition will be when I am in the right conditions to play and after all this time away from the courts i rather not accelerate the comeback and prefer to do things well."