We haven't seen Nadal on the court for a long time, and after his doctor said that he could return soon, we got confirmation information. Spanish tennis player Rafael Nadal will play at the Australian Open, confirmed today the director of the first Grand Slam tournament of the season, Craig Tiley.
According to many, this one of the best tennis players ever missed almost the entire season, and he last played at the Australian Open in January of this year, when he lost to Mackenzie McDonald in the second round. It was clear in that match that Nadal was not at the level we are used to seeing him at.
He then announced that he will not play until the end of the season due to hip surgery, and he also admitted that he has problems with his foot injury. This news disappointed all his fans as well as tennis fans in general. The Spanish tennis player previously announced that he could play at the United Cup, which will be played in Australia from December 29, 2023 to January 7 of the following year.
"Nadal, who is our champion from 2022, has been working hard for most of this season to recover from injury. He always gives his best in Melbourne. Nadal has not played for a while and in the last few days I have received confirmation that he will return , which I'm really excited about.
We also know that Nick Kyrgios is training, so we expect him to play in Melbourne as well," Tiley said.
Australian Open from next year in a different format
Tiley gave us a lot of information about this tournament because it was decided that there will be some news from next year.
Namely, the Australian Open will last 15 days for the first time, and will be held from January 14 to 28. Tiley pointed out that he expects Novak Djokovic and Carlos Alcaraz to play in Melbourne, while Arina Sabalenka, Iga Swiatek and Coco Gauff will be the main favorites in the women's competition at the first Grand Slam tournament of the season.
Like every year, this tournament attracts a lot of attention, and surely the news that Nadal is coming back will make all true tennis fans happy. We hope that this experienced Spaniard will prepare as much as possible to remind us of his best days. It would be nice to see the decoration between him and Djokovic. Djokovic won the Australian Open ten times.