What will be Rafael Nadal's physical condition in Brisbane?

The Spaniard will come back to play after almost a year: he will do it in Brisbane, but what will be his form?

by Lorenzo Ciotti
What will be Rafael Nadal's physical condition in Brisbane?
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In less than two weeks, Rafael Nadal will finally return to the court. After a year's absence from the ATP Tour, the Spanish champion will start in Australia from the 250 tournament in Brisbane, where he will enter directly from the main draw thanks to a wild card received from the tournament organizers.

The last appearance of the 22-time Slam champion dates back to Australia, he suffered a serious injury during the second round match with Mackenzie McDonald at the Australian Open and decided to end his season early, after several postponements, precisely to recover 100% from the physical point of view.

What everyone is wondering is: what will the Spaniard's physical condition be in Brisbane? Has Nadal fully recovered after the serious injury and subsequent surgery? How much will the one-year absence from the Tour have an impact on his first matches? The last question is the easiest to answer.

Nadal has a load of experience equal only to that of Novak Djokovic. His charisma and skill will be enough to compensate, from a mental point of view, the approach to official matches. His physical form is an unknown. However, let's start from an assumption that everyone can agree on.

If Rafa has decided to come back already from Brisbane, it means that he believes it is the right time to play. It means that he has regained such physical shape that he can compete with his rivals.

And his coach Carlos Moya also commented on Nadal's physical form

Moya, after describing the period Rafa went through in his difficult year away from the playing fields, spoke about his stay in Kuwait, where he decided to fully recover his form in view of the new season.

The mission is to arrive in Paris in shape. "Rafa arrived thinking that he wouldn't be able to be competitive, but he left convinced that he could be. He is following the right progression, this is a process in which he has to burn the stages little by little.

We need him to play matches and get into a rhythm," said the coach. The part of the calendar that interests Nadal the most, as all his fans know, is the one where he plays on clay. The most important event is obviously the Roland Garros, which will be played in June.

The 37-year-old from Manacor will therefore have 6 months available to get back fully fit and competitive: "There are six months left until Roland Garros and there are many unknowns to resolve, but it's clear that he would be very enthusiastic about doing well there, it's his favorite tournament ."

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