Spanish tennis player Rafa Nadal will be kicking off the 2018 tennis season at the Brisbane International, according to The Sunday Mail.
The 31-year-old debuted on the hard courts of Brisbane at the beginning of this year.
Nadal picked up two straight set wins and was up by a set in the quarter-final when world No. 10 Milos Raonic created a comeback to send the Spaniard packing out of Brisbane.
Playing at the Brisbane event turned out to be a positive experience for the 15-time Grand Slam champion.
"Rafa’s manager Carlos Costa was in communication with me on Thursday and said Rafa is thrilled to be coming back," tournament director Geoff Quinlan said.
"We’ve been talking to his team for quite a while and we’re delighted to have him confirmed.
"He was such a huge success in Brisbane in 2017. We had four record sessions for attendances, including the men’s final because people were anticipating he’d be in the final."
Nadal went on reach the Australian Open final for the first time since 2014, where he fell just short in a five-setter to the great Roger Federer.
The Brisbane International will be held 1 - 8 January.
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