Rafa Nadal announces his return to competition after a year out due to injury

The Spanish tennis player Rafa Nadal announced this Friday that he will return to competition at the Brisbane tournament, in the first week of January 2024, before the Australian Open, after a year out of competition due to injury.

“Hello everyone, after a year away from competition, the time has come to return. It will be in Brisbane and it will be in the first week of January. See you there,” Nadal said in a message posted on social media to announce his return to the tennis courts.

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Since when hasn’t Nadal played?

The Brisbane tournament will be played from December 31 to January 7 next year, prior to the Australian Open, which will be held from January 14 to 28, and which was the last event in which the Mallorcan competed.

Nadal, winner of 22 Grand Slams, played his last match on January 18, when he lost in the second round against the American Mackenzie McDonald, and since then he has followed a recovery process from a grade 2 injury to the iliac psoas of the left leg, for which he underwent surgery.

The tennis player underwent arthroscopic surgery on the left psoas tendon injury on June 2 at the Teknon Clinic in Barcelona performed by doctors Marc Philippon, Jaume Vilaró and Angel Ruiz-Cotorro, and an old psoas injury was also regularized. labrum of the left hip. The estimated time then for his recovery was five months.

Nadal will be in Australia, first Grand Slam

The Australian Open announced on October 11 that Nadal was going to be part of the draw for the first Grand Slam of the season, in Melbourne, an event he won in 2009 and 2022, days after the tennis player released a video in which he was I saw him training on a track at his academy in Manacor (Mallorca).

Nadal, 37, did not want to set a date for his return to competition on November 15, although he stated that he was progressing well from his injury and that he knew that he would return “to play tennis one day”, something of which who doubted at some point about his recovery.

“If I didn’t have the dream of being competitive, I wouldn’t have done everything I’ve done in recent months and the effort it takes for me to do it at the age I am,” said former number one in the world ranking at the time.

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Nadal wants to participate in Paris 2024

The Olympic champion in Beijing 2008 and Spanish flag bearer in Rio 2016 also acknowledged then that it is “an illusion” for him to be able to compete in the Paris 2024 Games, in what could be his last active season.

“I would like to play again and be competitive again. The hope is not to return and win Roland Garros or Australia, so that people do not get confused. At the time I am in my life, all that is very far away. I’m not saying it’s impossible, because things in sport change very quickly. But I am not deluded, I am aware of the difficulties I face,” Nadal said in September.

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With information from EFE.

2023-12-01 14:05:07
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