Tennis legend Rafael Nadal is all set to get back to his sport next year in 2024, and reports state that he will start playing at the Australian Open. It might be the retirement season of the Spanish tennis player, which will primarily kick off with the first grand slam of the year. The director of the Australian Open, Craig Tiley, was the first to share this information as he was in charge of revealing the information on television in his country.
Craig Tiley’s say regarding this
Craig Tiley said that they can reveal there that Rafael Nadal will be back. He has been off for most of the year, and in talking to him over the last few days, he confirmed he will be back, which they are really excited about, and that’s awesome.
Rafael Nadal’s return awaits the fans
The 22-time Grand Slam-winning tennis player had injury problems at the previous edition of Australia, which caused him to miss virtually all of 2023.
On June 2, the Mallorcan underwent hip surgery and, a week ago, began training on the courts of his academy in Manacor, and he did it on hard courts.
In May, Nadal said he would seek to arrive in the best possible shape in 2024, the year that likely marks his retirement at the professional level.
The Australia Open
It is unlikely that Nadal is going to have the level of fitness required to compete with the likes of Carlos Alcaraz and Novak Djokovic, but fans will be thrilled to see him there regardless. The tournament begins on January 14, 2024, so the countdown to Nadal’s return has already begun.
Nadal nearning his retirement
It is uncertain how long Rafael Nadal will play and for how long fans will be able to see their favorite tennis player on the pitch, and as mentioned, it might be the retirement season for one of the greatest of all time. Rafael Nadal has won a whopping 22 grand slams in his career, and fans speculate whether he will be able to add more grand slams to his cabinet or not.
On the other hand Novak Djokovic will also play this season, and who knows, fans might see the clash between these giants once again. Indeed it will be a treat to watch as whenever they have locked horns against each other, they have eventually made it worth it for the fans.
In regard to Nadal’s retirement, he also expressed his desire to be the President of the football club Real Madrid recently. Though this doesn’t seem to happen right now, certainly it is not an impossible thing to happen someday.