Watch: Rafael Nadal reveals his comeback tournament

Rafael Nadal will return to action in the first week of 2024

by Jovica Ilic
Watch: Rafael Nadal reveals his comeback tournament
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After staying away from the court for a year, a 22-time Major winner Rafael Nadal will return to action in a month! Rafa will kick off the 2024 season at the ATP 250 event in Brisbane, competing at this event for the first time in seven years.

Nadal has been training well at home in Mallorca in the last couple of months, recovering from a severe hip injury and increasing his level after an extended break from tennis. The Spaniard is eager to return to action following the most extended break from tennis, unwilling to retire without giving another push.

Encouraged by the positive signs since the summer, the Spaniard is ready to make a fresh start in a few weeks, eager to extend his incredible career. Nadal will stay at his tennis complex in Kuwait in December before traveling Down Under for Brisbane and the Australian Open.

Rafa claimed two Major titles in 2022 and reached the Wimbledon semi-final. Instead of fighting for the year-end no. 1 honor with Carlos Alcaraz, the veteran experienced an abdominal injury that ruined the second part of the season.

Rafa lost the ground and competed in Australia this year without form. Nadal lost three out of four matches and experienced a massive blow in Melbourne, injuring his left hip and missing the rest of the season.

Rafael Nadal will compete at the upcoming Australian Open.

Rafa stood alone with 22 Major titles following the 2022 Roland Garros. However, things went from bad to worse for him, failing to catch a break in the previous 15 months and playing only 13 matches since August 2022. Nadal will travel to Australia ranked outside the top-600 for the first time in two decades, keeping only his Australian Open points.

After all those 2022 issues, Rafa failed to make a fresh start in 2023 and extend his great run at Majors. The Spaniard feel to Cameron Norrie and Alex de Minaur at the United Cup, heading to Melbourne without form or confidence.

The defending Australian Open champion gave his everything to play competitive tennis, attempting to keep the title despite slim chances. Rafa beat Jack Draper at the event's start before falling to Mackenzie McDonald in the second round.

Rafa experienced an agonizing left hip injury in the second set's closing stages, refusing to retire but hitting the exit door after losing serve late in the third set. The Spaniard revealed a Grade 2 iliopsoas, underwent surgery a few months later and missed the rest of the season to recover.

Rafa slowly returned to the practice court, starting from the beginning and raising his level. The veteran is ready to play competitive tennis again, announcing his Brisbane return and preparing for the season's first Major in Melbourne.

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