Tennis – ATP – Brisbane / Nadal: “I don’t aspire to anything else, just to be competitive”

2023-12-06 14:20:04

Published on December 6, 2023 at 3:20 p.m. – updated on December 6, 2023 at 3:26 p.m.

Marie Mahé

This Wednesday, Rafael Nadal spoke. The Spaniard, who will make his comeback in January, hopes to be competitive.

Rafael Nadal will return to competition. News made official since last Friday. His return to the courts, the Spaniard, who has no less than 22 Grand Slam tournaments to his immense record, intends to make it on the side of Australia, during the ATP 250 tournament in Brisbane . It will be for the month of January 2024. And even more precisely between Sunday December 31 and January 7. Now down to 664th place in the world, the former world number one has not played a single match since January 18 and a second round lost against the American Mackenzie McDonald, today 41st player in the world, in three sets (6-4, 6-4, 7-5) and 2h26 of play, during the last edition of the Open d Australia, even though he was the No. 1 seed. The Mallorcan then experienced an almost blank 2023 season, due to a hip injury.

Nadal: Brisbane? I know it’s a tough tournament.”

This Wednesday, the main interested party, now 37 years old, once again mentioned this future return, and this famous ATP tournament in Brisbane, in a new video published on his account X (ex-Twitter) official: “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. 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. » According to Rafael Nadal, following his hip operation “the horizon has changed, the path has been difficult. There were a lot of doubts, there were times when it seemed impossible that this day would come, but I kept the motivation and the hope” to come back.

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