On Friday, Nadal announced that his 2024 comeback will start at the Brisbane International.
Rafael Nadal is set to make his second appearance at the Brisbane International after announcing his plans to make his long-awaited return at the Australian ATP 250 tournament. Nadal, who is 37 years old, made his first and lone Brisbane appearance in 2017.
In his first-ever match at the Brisbane International, Nadal defeated the now-retired Alexandr Dolgopolov 6-3 6-3. After beating Dolgopolov, Nadal also defeated Alexander Zverev 6-1 6-1. In the quarterfinal, Nadal’s Brisbane debut ended after the Spaniard lost to Milos Raonic.
Against Raonic, Nadal made a positive start but the Canadian former world No 3 came back to win 4-6 6-3 6-4. The interesting thing about Nadal’s 2017 Brisbane debut was the fact that at the time he was also returning from an injury.
In 2016, Nadal didn’t play any tournaments after exiting the Shanghai Masters in mid-October. At the time, a wrist injury forced Nadal out of the Paris Masters and ATP Finals.
Nadal to return in Brisbane from a psoas injury
Nadal, who injured his psoas muscle at this year’s Australian Open, was hoping to play again in March but he ended up missing the remainder of the 2023 season.
In June, Nadal surgically addressed his psoas injury. After not playing for a really long time, Nadal announced on Friday that his return will start in Brisbane. “After a year away from competition, it’s time to come back. It will be in Brisbane the first week of January.
I’ll see you there,” Nadal said in a video uploaded on his social media. The Brisbane International is set to take place between December 31-January 07. When the tournament starts, there is no doubt that a lot of attention will be on 22-time Grand Slam champion Nadal.
Nadal hasn’t played in a long time and many will be interesting in seeing how will Nadal do and how will his body react after such a long absence.