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in Brisbane Rafael Nadal ‘aspires for nothing other than to be competitive’

Rafael Nadal, who plans to return to the courts in January for the tournament in Brisbane (Australia), declared on Wednesday that he only aspired to “be competitive”, almost a year after playing his Last match. “ I know it’s a tough tournament, but I hope to be ready to play, I don’t aspire to anything else, just to be competitive “, declared Nadal, 37, in a new video posted on his social networks. The former world No.1, fallen to 664th rank in the ATP, announced last Friday his return to competition during the ATP 250 tournament of Brisbane (December 31 to January 7), after an almost blank 2023 season due to a hip injury. The last match of the Spaniard, winner of 22 Grand Slam tournaments, was his defeat in the 2nd round of the Open from Australia last January.I think I’m ready to come back, I don’t know at what level, I don’t know what to expect, I have no idea, but I don’t care “, Nadal said. After the hip operation he underwent, “ the horizon has changed, the path has been difficult » according to the Majorcan. “ There were a lot of doubts, there were times when it seemed impossible that this day would come, but I kept the motivation and hope » to come back, he added.

Published on: 06/12/2023 – 17:46

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The Spaniard Rafael Nadal won his 14th Roland-Garros tournament, Sunday June 5, 2022, against the Norwegian Casper Ruud. (Drawing). © Pierre René-Worms/RFI

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