Rafael Nadal is ready to return to the field after the foot injury that forced him to close his 2021 prematurely. physical problems encountered in Washington have raised a clear alarm and imposed a new pause. Nadal has undergone a series of treatments, not an actual operation, and will play the Mubadala World Tennis Championship from 16 to 18 December; exhibition tournament which will also involve Andy Murray, Dominic Thiem, Casper Ruud, Denis Shapovalov and Andrey Rublev.
As confirmed by the organizers of the ATP Cup, the Majorcan will not represent his country in the first team event of the year. The 20-time Grand Slam winner will start his 2022 with the ATP 250 tournament in Melbourne, scheduled for January 3-9.
To win the Australian event, Nadal will have to beat competition from Reilly Opelka, Grigor Dimitrov, Lloyd Harris and Alexander Bublik to triumph in Melbourne. David Goffin, Benoit Paire and Kei Nishikori will also be part of the tournament.
The only Italian present in the main draw will be Stefano Travaglia. The Spaniard recently said: "I think everyone has problems, especially people who play sports that push the mental and physical part to the limit. As you get older, the sensations become slightly different.
I had a hard time with my left foot injury. I know what I have to do to get back. If I am able to play without feeling too much pain, I will have my opportunities."
Rafa will play the Mubadala World Tennis Championship
Ahead of the 2022 season, World No.
6 Rafael Nadal had a casual interview with lifestyle magazine VICE, where he discussed some lesser-known aspects of his life. Replying to what makes him happy in life, Nadal opined that his life has benefitted from being uncomplicated.
Living his entire life in the same place, having a few but long-time friends and spending quality time with his family daily are the Mallorca-born Nadal's ingredients for a simple and happy life. "I have always lived in the same town; I have the same friendships since I was 3 or 4 years old," Nadal said.
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