Tiger Woods returns to competition and praises Rafael Nadal

The iconic North American golfer will be at the Bahamas Hero World Challenge

by Lorenzo Ciotti
Tiger Woods returns to competition and praises Rafael Nadal
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From one legend to another. Tiger Woods, who will return to the green after a seven-month absence at the Bahamas Hero World Challenge event, has praised Rafael Nadal. A few weeks ago, during a promotional event for the Clínica Tenis Teknon, Nadal confirmed that his career will not stop at his last appearance at the Australian Open, last January.

The Spanish champion, who dropped to 664th position in the ATP ranking, spent a season away from the circuit due to an injury suffered in the first slam of the year, against Meckenzie McDonald. Then the operation to resolve the injury to the left iliopsoas and a long rehabilitation which seems to be in its final stages.

The 22-time slam champion told the press that he will return to the court as soon as possible. Craig Tiley, director of AO has no doubts: "I have the certainty that Rafa will be here, because he won't want to miss the opportunity to repeat what he did in Australia two years ago," he assured.

Tiger Woods shares beautiful words for Rafael Nadal

While waiting for official news on his return in January, Tiger Woods had beautiful words for the former Spanish number one: "I think what Rafa did is extraordinary. He won the Australian Open with an injured foot.

He is a very strong and competitive man. He knows that time passes. All athletes have to deal with this. Although in some sports it happens more quickly than in others, unfortunately you end up getting older. I don't want to see him go.

We should all enjoy watching him compete and watching him play, seeing what he brought to the game, what he brought to all of us, seeing the passion with which he plays and why he plays," Tiger said during an interview with Eurosport.

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