The 2022 season has officially begun and in addition to the ATP Cup there are several tournaments in the program, both of the men's and women's Tours. The best news of the week comes from the ATP 250 tournament in Melbourne where Rafael Nadal will come back to the court after months away and after the recent positivity at COVID he is ready to play and will start as number one seed of the tournament.
The second seed is the American Reilly Opelka while the other two players to have the Bye are respectively Grigor Dimitrov and the Belgian David Goffin. Rafa will challenge in the first round the winner between a qualifier and the American Marcos Giron.
In case of eventual victory again he will challenge one of Travaglia, Griekspoor, Popyrin and Koepfer. Expectation and curiosity for the possible semifinal with Kyrgios while Andy Murray, Grigor Dimitrov and Opelka are on the other side of the board and therefore possible rivals only in the final.
Not only will Rafael Nadal be present at the Melbourne tournament, but also another former world number one, the British tennis player Andy Murray. He will be present as a wildcard at the tournament and will make his debut against Argentine tennis player Facundo Bagnis.
In case of victory, he immediately had a big match in the tournament with Murray who could challenge the number two seed of the tournament Grigor Dimitrov. Not only Nadal, there is also curiosity about the return to the court after months of absence of the Australian Nick Kyrgios.
Given the previous past there is a lot of waiting for a possible semifinal between Kyrgios and Nadal even if the Australian has to overcome several obstacles such as the Belgian Goffin. Also on the court in the tournament Benoit Paire and the Dutch Griekspoor, a real surprise in the final of last season and on the field against the Austrian Koepfer.
Here is the tournament draw:
Rafael Nadal survives the virus and should be in Melbourne!
Rafael Nadal has already defeated COVID-19 and wasted no more time, returning to the court to train on Wednesday 29 December 2021.
The Spanish tennis player seems to have had no major repercussions on a physical level after the positivity and has returned to follow the schedule to arrive in full shape for the first rounds of the year in oceanic land.
The winner of 20 Grand Slam titles had communicated to fans and the world that he was in quarantine last December 20: he too was a victim of the outbreak created at the Mubadala World Tennis Championship exhibition tournament in Abu Dhabi, complicating his plans a little of preparation, given that the matches played in that competition had not convinced him.
The goal of the king of clay is not to miss any event in his calendar that he had set for himself, to arrive ready and with a lot of ambition for the Australian Open, the first prestigious event of next season. With the two anti-Covid vaccinations carried out since unsuspecting times, Rafa should leave for Oceania even on Thursday 30 December, according to the latest strong rumors.
In short, the player has no desire to waste any more time and wants to reach Australia immediately. The intent of the Spaniard is to participate in the ATP 250 in Melbourne, which will be held starting from January 3, before the Grand Slam event.
A fundamental competition for the athlete, who wants to become familiar with Australian concrete and test his physique after facing the quarantine for about ten days. A sigh of relief for all the Iberian fans, who feared the worst due to Nadal's positivity.
By now the Australian Open is no longer in doubt for the 13-time Roland Garros champion: the only unknown remains to understand in what conditions the Spaniard will arrive at the appointment and if he will be so competitive as to be able to worry the strongest tennis players in circulation for the victory.