20-time Grand Slam champion Rafael Nadal did not compete in the 2021 US Open. The decision was made because the Spaniard is still struggling with his foot injury. Rafael Nadal fans around the world are delighted at this moment when Rafael Nadal's uncle, Toni Nadal, said that he is preparing to return to the Australian Open 2022.
In his entire career, Nadal has triumphed at just one Australian Open in 2009. Rafael Nadal was last seen in action at the Washington Open in August 2021. He lost to Llyod Harris of South Africa in the round of 16 in straight sets.
Since then, the Spaniard has not participated in any professional events. The message of recovery After an unpredictable defeat at the 2021 French Open, Rafael Nadal withdrew from Wimbledon, the Tokyo Olympics and the US Open.
He is still rehabbing from his foot ailment. Earlier this month, the Spaniard released a moving message for fans of him. He said, "While we have received positive news regarding Rafa, his fans must really be looking forward to seeing the 20-time Grand Slam champion back in action on the 2022 tour.
Uncle Toni talks about Rafael Nadal
In a recent interview, Rafael Nadal's former coach and uncle Toni Nadal issued an update on the Spaniard's condition. The 60-year-old said he is confident his nephew will be in prime condition come the 2022 Australian Open.
"Things are going better," Toni Nadal was quoted as saying by Antena 2. "He (Rafael Nadal) is proposed to start in Australia. It will be fine. I am convinced. The idea is to have a great year in 2022. He will put all his efforts into that."
During the course of the interview, Toni Nadal also spoke about the 2021 US Open final between Novak Djokovic and Daniil Medvedev. According to Toni Nadal, even a player of the stature of Djokovic can be crippled by the pressure of a Grand Slam final.
"Undoubtedly the No. 2 in the world can beat him (Djokovic)," Toni Nadal said. "Although he is a great player, he is also under pressure and in the final match the pressure could have beaten him." The Spaniard skipped the Wimbledon Championships and the Tokyo Olympics, following which Rafa went to Washington but lost in the initial rounds.
And after that, he came back to Spain to work on his foot injury. A while after, he called an end to his season in order to recover fully and get back in better shape for the 2022 season. And we wish him a speedy recovery.