Rafael Nadal is gearing up for a return to major tennis tournaments in 2024 and he is to kick off his comeback at the Australian Open. This particular season is to mark the Spanish player’s retirement, commencing with the first Grand Slam of the year. Discover Rafael Nadal sets tennis return date for 2024.
The announcement regarding Nadal’s participation was by Craig Tiley, the director of the Australian Open, during a television appearance in his home country.
Tiley shared the exciting news, stating, “We can exclusively reveal here that Rafa will be making a comeback. He’s been away for most of the year, and after our recent discussions, he has confirmed his return, which is fantastic news.”
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This decision comes on the heels of Nadal’s injury challenges during the previous Australian Open, which led to him missing virtually the entirety of the 2023 season. In response, Nadal underwent hip surgery on June 2 and commenced training on the hard courts of his academy in Manacor just a week ago.
In May, the Mallorcan tennis legend expressed his intent to arrive in prime condition for the 2024 season, a year that is widely expected to mark the conclusion of his professional career.
While it’s uncertain whether Nadal will attain the level of fitness required to compete against the likes of Carlos Alcaraz and Novak Djokovic, his mere presence at the tournament is sure to delight fans.
The Australian Open is to commence on January 14, 2024, and the countdown to Nadal’s return has already begun.