Watch: Rafael Nadal practices at home in Mallorca



by JOVICA ILIC

Watch: Rafael Nadal practices at home in Mallorca
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Rafael Nadal trained on an outdoor hard court at home in Mallorca on Saturday, working on his comeback! Rafa is making slow steps on his recovery course, not playing since January and a severe hip injury at the Australian Open.

Rafa hit the court alongside his coach, Carlos Moya, feeling good and sharing positive vibes with lucky spectators who had a chance to watch the practice session. A 22-time Major winner has been sidelined for nine months, struggling with injuries for the last couple of years and experiencing a career-threatening one in Melbourne.

Rafa will likely skip the rest of the season, focusing on 2024 and wishing to compete at his favorite events in what could be his farewell tour. Nadal has played 13 matches after reaching the last year's Wimbledon semi-final.

An abdominal injury ruined Rafa's incredible season, missing a chance to become world no. 1 and losing four straight matches for the first time since 2009! Nadal gave his best at the US Open despite feeling the pain, falling to Frances Tiafoe in the fourth round.

Rafael Nadal is back on the practice court, training at home in Mallorca!

The Spaniard wrapped up the previous season with a victory at the ATP Finals, beating Casper Ruud and embracing the South American swing with the Norwegian.

Instead of a fresh start in 2023, Nadal lost both matches at the United Cup despite taking the opening set, falling to Cameron Norrie and Alex de Minaur. The defending Australian Open champion gave his everything to play competitive tennis in Melbourne despite the lack of form.

Nadal defeated the young Briton Jack Draper in the first round, facing Mackenzie McDonald in the second. Rafa experienced a severe left hip injury in the second set, refusing to retire and giving his everything in the third.

However, he hit the exit door after losing serve late in the third set, experiencing his earliest loss at Majors in seven years! The Spaniard revealed a Grade 2 iliopsoas, missing many tournaments and undergoing surgery a couple of months later.

Rafa enjoyed the time off the court with his family and friends, traveling and enjoying the summer for the first time in years. Now, Nadal is back on the practice court, making slow steps on his recovery trail and offering his fans something to cheer about ahead of 2024.

Rafa hopes for one more push in 2024 at his favorite tournaments, including the Olympic Games at Roland Garros.

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