The 22-time Major champion Rafael Nadal will compete in Paris and Turin, as his coach Carlos Moya confirms. Rafa has been training well at home in Mallorca for the last couple of weeks, hoping to leave an abdominal injury behind and fight for notable indoor titles.
Nadal has been battling an abdominal injury since Wimbledon, losing his rhythm and experiencing an early US Open loss. Nadal went home to Mallorca, welcomed his first child and hit the practice court, working on his game and preparing for Paris in Turin.
The Spaniard shared a video with his fans, calling it a work in progress and looking eager to fight for the titles he is missing. World no. 2 skipped the second part of 2021 after a foot injury and made a stunning comeback in 2022.
The 36-year-old is ranked 2nd on the ATP ranking list behind his compatriot Carlos Alcaraz, winning two Major titles and passing his greatest rivals, Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic.
Rafael Nadal will return to action next week in Paris.
Rafa lifted his first Australian Open crown in 13 years in January, performing an incredible comeback against Daniil Medvedev from 6-2, 7-6, 3-2, 40-0 down.
Nadal conquered Acapulco and rattled off 20 consecutive victories before fracturing his rib in Indian Wells. He lost the final to Taylor Fritz and skipped his favorite events in Monte Carlo and Barcelona on clay. The Spaniard did not play well in Madrid and Rome after an extended break, and more problems arose above him ahead of Roland Garros.
Struggling with foot pain, Rafa needed injections to endure the best-of-five efforts in Paris, overcoming challenges and securing his 22nd Major crown. Hoping for more at Wimbledon, Nadal experienced a severe abdominal injury, dealing with a seven-millimeter tear and still winning five matches.
Rafa withdrew ahead of the semi-final clash with Nick Kyrgios following an epic quarter-final duel against Taylor Fritz that went down to the wire, heading home and hoping to recover ahead of the US Open. There was no time for that, and Nadal suffered a fourth-round loss to Frances Tiafoe in four sets.
After missing a chance to become world no. 1 in New York, Rafa returned to Mallorca to spend time with his wife and a new family member, as they became parents on October 8. Nadal flew to London and competed alongside Roger Federer at the Laver Cup, returning home the following day and not playing in the previous weeks.
Rafa will give his best to fight for the titles in Paris and Turin, never winning these events before and hoping to change that in the upcoming weeks.