December 01, (THEWILL) – Tennis superstar, Rafael Nadal, has confirmed his return to competitive play next month after missing virtually the entire 2023 season due to a persistent hip injury.
The 22-time Grand Slam winner, said in a video statement that he will compete in the Brisbane International in January as preparation for the Australian Open. Nadal’s only tournament this year was the Australian Open in January, where the Spaniard was upset in straight sets in the second round by American Mackenzie McDonald amid clear hip discomfort.
“It’s a tough day. I can’t say that I am not destroyed mentally at this moment, because I would be lying,” Nadal remarked after the loss in January, which sparked an injury-induced absence spanning the remainder of the year. He was forced to withdraw from a series of major events, including the French Open and Wimbledon, plummeting out of the world’s top 100 players in June.
When announcing his withdrawal from Roland Garros in May, Nadal indicated 2024 would “probably” be his final competitive season on the ATP tour at age 37. The veteran now looks poised to return rejuvenated next month in Brisbane from December 31 to January 7, ideal preparation for the season’s first Grand Slam in Melbourne starting 14 January.
Nadal’s legions of admirers will hope this comeback signals a return to form for the popular Mallorcan known as the ‘King of Clay’, with a chance to further cement his legacy as one of tennis’ all-time greats.
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