Rafael Nadal Set to Return at Brisbane International


Former world number one Rafael Nadal announces his return to tennis for the Brisbane International warm-up event, after being sidelined by injuries.

Nadal’s Comeback Announcement

Former tennis world number one Rafael Nadal recently revealed that he intends to make a comeback at the Brisbane International warm-up event ahead of the Australian Open in January next year. This announcement from the 22-time Grand Slam champion comes after a prolonged absence from the sport due to a hip flexor problem.

Recovery and Plans

Nadal’s competitive hiatus dates back to his second-round exit from the Australian Open earlier this year, where his performance was marred by a hip flexor issue. Originally anticipated to be an eight-week absence, the Spaniard underwent hip muscle surgery in June, extending his recovery period. In a video shared on social media, Nadal expressed his eagerness to return after a year away from competition, confirming his participation in the Brisbane International, scheduled for the first week of January.

Challenges and Aspirations

Despite his prolonged absence and dip in world rankings, Nadal has not wavered in his determination. Subsequently, the former world number one fell out of the top 100 for the first time in two decades and currently holds the 633rd spot. However, he remains eligible for a protected ranking due to his long absence from competitive play. Nadal has also vocalized his intent to retire after the 2024 season, citing a series of setbacks and injuries during his career.

Upcoming Tournaments and Objectives

Looking ahead, Nadal has set his sights on participating in the upcoming Australian Open and has been confirmed by the tournament director. Furthermore, he aims to make appearances at the French Open and the Paris Olympics in the following year, before concluding his illustrious 23rd season on the tour. Notably, he is eager to represent Spain in the Olympics before bowing out from professional competition. The Brisbane International, making a comeback after three years, is scheduled to take place from December 31 to January 7, while the Australian Open is set to commence on January 14 and conclude on January 28 at Melbourne Park.