Toni Nadal shares aspect in which Rafael Nadal struggled when he returned to practice

Nadal started practicing again in October.

by Dzevad Mesic
Toni Nadal shares aspect in which Rafael Nadal struggled when he returned to practice
© Getty Images Sport - Clive Brunskill

Toni Nadal reveals Rafael Nadal's movement wasn't really the best when the Spaniard started practicing again but that has been improving over the last three weeks. In June, Nadal had surgery to repair his psoas muscle damage.

In October, Nadal started practicing again with the hope of being ready for the start of the 2024 season. On Friday, Nadal announced that he signed up to compete at the Brisbane International, which starts on December 31st.

Earlier this year, Nadal announced that his intention is to return to tennis in 2024 for one final season.

Toni Nadal: Nadal's movement wasn't very good at first but it's improving

“His movement wasn’t very good at first but over the last three weeks he’s been training at a good level.

The important thing is not to try to win, but to have the feeling of playing well. He has the will to still be here, he loves tennis, he loves competition, he loves the game. It’s his dream to play the tournaments he loves one last time.

The more he plays, the more competitive he will be. We know that his legs aren’t the same as they were 10 years ago, but in his head nothing has changed. He still has the same determination," Toni Nadal told RMC radio’s Bartoli Time programme.

With Brisbane starting in around 25 days, Nadal still has time to further improve his movement and work on his game ahead of his comeback. In Brisbane, Nadal will be making his second appearance. In 2017, Nadal made his first and lone appearance on the hard courts of Brisbane.

That year, Nadal reached the Brisbane quarterfinal before losing to Milos Raonic. Considering that Nadal hasn't played in a while, it may be too much to expect Nadal to be among the top Brisbane favorites or win the title. But for Nadal, the main thing at the start of his comeback will be avoiding setbacks or injuries.

Toni Nadal Rafael Nadal