MELBOURNE.- Tennis player Rafael Nadal will return to the courts at the next Australian Open in January, tournament director Craig Tiley announced this Wednesday, in what will almost certainly be the Spanish tennis player's farewell to Melbourne.
The winner of 22 Grand Slam tournaments has not played since losing in the second round of the Australian tournament against the American Mackenzie McDonald last January, being sidelined for the rest of the season due to a hip injury.
The 37-year-old Mallorcan star underwent two operations during 2023 and last month stated that he hoped to end his career on the court in the 2024 season.
Our 2022 champion, Rafa Nadal, has been working on his recovery this year. He always gives his best in Melbourne and no one doubts how competitive he is,” Tiley stated.
“I have been in contact with his team and now he has returned to the courts (to resume his training) with the desire to return to Melbourne in January,” added the tournament director, who also announced the return of Australian Nick Kyrgios, after overcoming another knee injury.
Tournament organizers hope that Nadal's participation will offer him the chance to tie with Serbian Novak Djokovic as the tennis player with the most Grand Slam titles (23) and challenge the Balkan, ten-time winner in Melbourne, who is the defending champion.
Among Nadal's collection of Slams, he has only been crowned twice in Melbourne, with the scepter he lifted in 2009 and in 2022; He has 14 Roland Garros, two Wimbledons and four US Opens.
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