The 2022 season has officially started and in addition to the ATP Cup there are several tournaments on the program, both on the men's and women's circuit. The best news of the week comes from the ATP 250 tournament in Melbourne where Rafael Nadal returns after months of absence and after the recent positivity in Covid he is ready to play and will start as the number one seed of the tournament.
The second seed is American Reilly Opelka, while the other two players to have the Bye are, respectively, Grigor Dimitrov and Belgian David Goffin. Rafa will challenge the winner in the first round between a qualifier and the American Marcos Girón.
If he still wins, he will challenge one of Travaglia, Griekspoor, Popyrin, and Koepfer. Expectation and curiosity for the possible semi-final with Kyrgios while Andy Murray, Grigor Dimitrov and Opelka are on the other side of the board and therefore possible rivals only in the final.
Not only will Rafael Nadal be present at the Melbourne tournament, but also another former world number one, British tennis player Andy Murray. He will be present as a wild card in the tournament and will make his debut against Argentine tennis player Facundo Bagnis.
In case of victory, he immediately had a great match in the tournament with Murray, who could challenge the tournament's number two seed, Grigor Dimitrov. Not only Nadal, there is also curiosity about the return after months of absence of Australian Nick Kyrgios.
Nadal will play the ATP 250 event in Melbourne
Rafael Nadal has admitted that he has no clear position on vaccines and that he will follow the instructions of health organizations, as they're the ones with knowledge about the subject.
"I am not with or without, I am just following what the organization of health says. I don’t pretend to know more than the authorized people say. If the people who really know about this say that we need to be vaccinated, who am I to create a different opinion," Nadal said.
Nadal has previously criticized people who weren't willing to take the jab, labeling them as "selfish." "The only way out of this nightmare is vaccination. Our responsibility as human beings is to accept it.
I know there is a percentage of people who will suffer from side effects, but the effects of the virus are worse," Nadal had said in April. The Spaniard will kick off his 2022 season by playing in the ATP 250 event in Melbourne.