Rafael Nadal, Naomi Osaka and Emma Raducanu have already made it clear how missed tennis. And ATP and WTA Tours have already benefited from their back. Not only thanks to the media coverage: already talking about these three champions increases the talk about and around tennis.
Fans who filled the arenas in Australia showed their affection for these three tennis players, filling the stadiums just to see them play. Translated: a larger business for tournaments and media organizers. "It was a very exciting day for me.
As you know, it was not a simple match. I am really happy to have had the chance to resent the competition. It took a lot of work and commitment to return. Everything could have happened on a day like this after all this time without playing a game.
I am happy with the way things went. Nothing has changed compared to what I recently said: it's just a step and the road to go is still long. I thank my team, my family and all my fans who offered me all their support," explained Nadal after the over Thiem victory.
For the Spanish champion was a special day. Nadal has in fact returned on the court after almost a year after suffering a serious injury at the Australian Open 2023, having undergone a hip surgery and skipped practically last season.
The victory number 1069 arrived against Dominic Thiem in the first round of the ATP 250 Tournament in Brisbane allowed him to definitively overcome Ivan Lendl in the special ranking of tennis players who achieved the most successes at the ATP Tour.
Only Jimmy Connors (1274), Roger Federer (1251 ) and Novak Djokovic (1088) have done better than him.
Emma Raducanu was firm from April following 3 surgeries to which she underwent in 2023, of which two made of both wrists and one on the left ankle.
In Auckland she returned to win a WTA match against the Romanian Elena Gabriela Ruse. The British player will be expected in the second round by Ukrainian former number 3 of the world ranking Elina Svitolina. "It is difficult to return after such a long break.
I am very grateful to be on the pitch to compete and not forced to stay in bed or on a wheelchair. It makes me very happy to have returned to the circuit and I want to continue winning games. For me it is a priority to avoid injuries," said the young British.
Naomi Osaka, after skipping the entire 2023 season for the birth of her daughter, returned on the court on the first day of the year in Brisbane, winning 6-3 7-6 (9) against the German Korpatsch. "Today I felt like Shai he was looking at me.
I wanted to do my best for her. I want to be a good model for my daughter. I think his birth influenced me a lot. He taught me to be much more patient. I believe that the birth has also been the most painful thing I've ever tried.
Also, I thought I trained almost immediately after childbirth to find myself at this point. I am very happy to have won this meeting. I can't wait for the next one," she Said. In the second round, the Japanese was defeated after a hard duration three sets battle by Karolina Pliskova, but the good form shown leaves hopes for the near future.
This 2024 aperitif has already shown excellent potential. The back of these three highly anticipated Tennis stars has raised the media, insiders and fans. expectations, regarding a season that promises to be truly exceptional.