His presence was in the balance until a few hours ago, but now the latest indications suggest that Rafael Nadal will participate in the Australian Open 2022. The Iberian champion has lived in quarantine in recent days due to the positivity of Covid-19 and this, then From the recent physical problems that had hit him, his participation in the first Grand Slam tournament of the year was hotly disputed.
Through a post, published almost surprisingly on social networks, Rafael Nadal has published a photo where he writes 'I am here' and next to the image of him in Melbourne on the pitch. Fantastic news for all tennis fans and especially for all tennis fans.
Faced with the safe loss of Roger Federer and the still balanced presence of world number one, Novak Djokovic, the presence of the Iberian tennis player reassures and testifies that there will be at least one member of the Big Three on the pitch of the Australian Open.
Obviously there is no official status, but Rafa's presence in Australia is a strong indication and the tennis player will prepare through the Atp 250 tournament in Melbourne, one of the preparatory tournaments for the Australian Open.
2021 was not an easy year for Rafael Nadal. The Spanish tennis player has not won a Grand Slam tournament, he fought and received a bitter disappointment and defeat at Roland Garros, a tournament that he has always won and dominated and where this year he lost in the semifinals against his eternal rival Novak Djokovic.
After losing that match (where he had suffered the first physical problems) Nadal had several foot problems, a problem that forced him to miss important events such as the Tokyo Olympics, the US Open and the ATP Finals in Turin.
Nadal was suffering from a foot injury
In an exclusive interview with Marca, former World No. 2 Alex Corretja backed Rafael Nadal to win another Grand Slam title. He said that despite not enjoying great form on the tour lately, the Spaniard will retire as a "winner."
"Rafa will retire being a winner, whatever happens. No matter how he was before, he has to assess how he wants to face what he has left from now on, but being Rafa you always have the feeling that he still has a bullet in his chamber to do something great," said Corretja.
However, Corretja feels that it will be really difficult for Nadal to regain the No. 1 spot in the ATP rankings. "As for being number 1, it will be quite difficult because for that he needs to play a lot of tournaments, be very consistent, and that is no longer in his head. He has already been number 1 many times, it does not matter the weeks, and that is secondary," concluded Corretja.