July 25, 2024
Nadal Confident He Will Be ‘Competitive’ On Return
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Nadal Confident He Will Be ‘Competitive’ On Return

Rafael Nadal yesterday insisted he will be “competitive” when he returns to professional tennis next month after enduring nearly a year out of action due to injury.

The 22-time Grand Slam champion, who has undergone surgery twice in 2023 after struggling with a hip injury, says next year will likely be his last season before retirement and announced last week he would make his comeback at the Australian Open warm-up event in Brisbane, which runs from January 1-7.

Nadal last played at the Australian Open in January, losing in the second round to American MacKenzie McDonald.

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He originally hoped to be back in time for the clay-court season and Roland Garros, where he is a 14-time French Open winner, but had to end his campaign early.

The 37-year-old Spaniard has slipped to 664th in the world rankings while sidelined.

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