Former world number one Rafael Nadal announced this Friday that he will return to the professional tennis circuits in next january in it Brisbane ATPafter almost a year of inactivity due to a hip injury.
The Spanish, from 37 years old, currently ranked 663 in the rankingshas not played since last January when he lost in the second round of the Australian Open against the American Mackenzie McDonald.
“After a year away from competition, the time has come to return. It will be in Brisbane and it will be the first week of January“he declared in a video posted on his social networks.
After his last game, Nadal was forced to follow a recovery process due to a grade 2 injury to his iliopsoas of the left leg, which led to his undergoing surgery.
The tournament of Brisbane will be played from 3December 1 next to January 7prior to Australian Openthe first Grand Slam of the season that will be played from January 14 to 28.
The injuries that afflicted him in recent times
The player has undergone surgery twice since then and in September declared that the 2024 season would be the last of his career.
Nadal He will try to return to the highest level in Australia, where he won twice (2009 and 2012), but he will have his sights set on his favorite tournament, on the clay of Roland Garros, which he won 14 times.
With 22 ‘Greats’, Nadal is two away from N.1 in the Serbian world Novak Djokovic.
Nadal He had already experienced a 2021 season hampered by a foot injury, and in the French Grand Slam that year he lost to Djokovic himself in the semifinals, with obvious signs of suffering from physical discomfort.
The following year he returned to the path of victory on the Parisian clay, but had to resort to infiltrations to alleviate his pain.
Appointment with Paris
“I have the hope of playing again, and that for me is a great personal satisfaction.. “I’m not going to win more Grand Slams than Djokovic, but I’m going to give myself the opportunity to enjoy myself again,” he explained in mid-November.
“I think that Novak in that sense lives it in a more intense way than I have experienced it. For him it would have been a greater frustration not to achieve it,” he commented in September about the record of ‘Big’ tournaments.
However, Nadal will have the Roland Garros event marked in red, which he won 14 times.
“But the dream is not to win Roland Garros again or win Australia, don’t let people get confused, all of that is very far away.“I am very aware of the difficulties I face, one is insurmountable, which is age, and the other is physical problems,” he said in September.
Nadal’s last dances
With 92 titles in its showcases, Nadal He has ahead of him the challenges of the four tournaments of the grand slamas well as the Games Olympicwhere he won gold in Beijing in 2008 in individuals and in River in 2016 in doubles.
And the competition will be held this time on familiar terrain, the clay of Roland Garros, where you could say goodbye to the Parisian public in the best way.