Not just Nadal and Osaka: 3 other superstars return in 2024!



by LORENZO CIOTTI

Not just Nadal and Osaka: 3 other superstars return in 2024!
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The advent of the next season is imminent and will bring many new features for tennis fans. This season's rulers will want to come back to win: Novak Djokovic is always hungry for victories and glory. Behind him Carlitos Alcaraz, Jannik Sinner, Daniil Medvedev and the others.

On the WTA Tour the women's Big 4 Iga Swiatek, Aryna Sabalenka, Coco Gauff and Elena Rybakina will try to confirm the good things seen in the season. But 2024 will also be the year of the highly anticipated come back. The two most anticipated tennis players are obviously Rafael Nadal and Naomi Osaka.

The Spaniard will come back in Brisbane, after almost a year of absence due to the serious psoas muscle injury, that occurred at the 2023 Australian Open. The Japanese can't wait to get back to playing after maternity leave and the birth of little Shai.

"I'm sure I'll be back. These months away from tennis have made me reconcile with this sport and I've rediscovered a genuine love for this sport, a sport to which I have dedicated my whole life. I'm in a phase of rest but I still feel competitive "I think I can win Grand Slams again, and my dream is that my son can see me do it.

I plan to return to the circuit directly in 2024," said Naomi a few weeks ago.

The three superstars who will come back in 2024

Nick Kyrgios is also expected to return to the court. The Australian tennis player, as also confirmed by Craig Tiley, should and could return for the Happy Slam, on the hard-courts of Melbourne.

Another tennis player who will return next year after maternity leave is Angelique Kerber. "I have high expectations of myself, that hasn't changed. On the other hand, I am also aware of how long the road back could be, I don't want to come back just to play.

It would be the wrong attitude, I no longer have to prove anything to anyone. The goal is the Slam tournaments, that's what I'm working for. And of course the 2024 Olympic Games in Paris," said the German.
Theoretically, Emma Raducanu should also return to the court in 2024.

I use the conditional, as there are still many doubts related to her possible presence at the Australian Swing. The former winner of the 2021 US Open recently declared that she still loves competitions and that she would like to return to play, after the three surgeries in 2023. But she did not provide a precise date regarding her possible come back.