Rafael Nadal shares why he is unable to give clear comeback date

Nadal, 37, had surgery on his psoas muscle in June.

by Dzevad Mesic
Rafael Nadal shares why he is unable to give clear comeback date
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Rafael Nadal reveals he is still feeling pain when practicing and that's why he is still unable to make a clear comeback date for himself. Nadal, 37, surgically repaired his psoas muscle injury in early June. In early October, Nadal returned to practice for the first time since his surgery.

Nadal is hoping to be ready for the start of the 2024 season but he is not making any promises. "I'm not training without pain. I'm in less pain than I used to be, but I'm still in pain. However, this pain allows me to do more and more things eventually.

Things would be different if I had zero pain. I could give you a date for my return if I had zero pain because I would have time to prepare myself for that," Nadal said at an event in Madrid.

Nadal's goal is to play the Australian Open

Two weeks ago, Australian Open tournament director Craig Tiley announced Nadal would return to Melbourne in January.

"We can reveal exclusively here that Rafa will be back. He's been off for most of the year, and in talking to him over the last few days, he confirmed he will be back, which we're really excited about, the champion of 2022.

That's awesome," Tiley said on The Today Show. The news quickly went viral but then Nadal's PR and the Spaniard himself issued a statement, confirming his Australian Open participation was far from set in the stone. Nadal isn't fully sure if he will be able to play in Australia but underlined that he is working hard on being able to do so. "It's always been about my very own pressure.

My own pressure and self-demand is beyond yours, but I still appreciate it. My demand from myself has always been big, and at this point of my career, I really do my best. My limitations are obvious now, but when they're gone - which I hope will be soon - we'll talk about a different kind of pressure," Nadal said.

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