Tiley: Nadal To Compete At Australian Open

  • Posted: Oct 11, 2023

Tiley: Nadal To Compete At Australian Open

Spaniard has not played a match since 2023 edition of hard-court major

Rafael Nadal’s long-awaited return to competitive action will include an appearance at January’s Australian Open, tournament director Craig Tiley announced on Wednesday.

The Spaniard, who has hinted that 2024 may be the final season of his career, has not competed since his second-round defeat to Mackenzie McDonald in January at the 2023 edition of the hard-court major in Melbourne.

“We can reveal exclusively here that Rafa will be back,” Tiley told Australia’s Nine Network. “He’s been off for most of the year, and in talking to him over the last few days he confirmed he will be back, which we’re really excited about. That’s awesome.”

The 22-time major winner Nadal underwent surgery on his iliopsoas muscle in his left leg in June, but recently revealed he is hopeful of being competitive when he returns to action. The 37-year-old is a two-time Australian Open champion, having lifted the trophy at Melbourne Park, where he lifted the trophy in 2009 and 2022.

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