Rafael Nadal suggests he doesn't have any major expectations for his comeback but "just aspires to be competitive." Nadal, a 22-time Grand Slam champion, will be playing his first tournament in exactly a year at the Brisbane International.
After suffering an injury to his psoas muscle at the Australian Open and suffering several setbacks and ultimately undergoing surgery, Nadal will be able to play pro tennis again. Nadal's comeback will officially start at the Brisbane International - an ATP 250 event that is scheduled to take place between December 31 - January 07.
Nadal hasn't played in a really long time and there will certainly be some rust to shake off when he returns.
Nadal: I don't aspire anything but just to be competitive
“I have finally had good training weeks at a level that allows me to have the possibility to compete again.
I have gone through many phases, but today I think it’s time. I’m coming back in a tournament that I’ve played in the past, that I’m familiar with, a 250 tournament. I know it’s a difficult tournament but I hope to be ready to compete.
I don’t aspire to anything else, (just) to be competitive," Nadal said in his latest video message.
For months, it was believed that Nadal was targeting to return to tennis at the start of the 2024 season in Australia.
Hola a todos. Aquí tenéis más información tras el anuncio del viernes:
👉🏻 Ha sido un año largo…
👉🏻 Claro que ha habido muchas dudas, claro que habido momentos que parecía imposible…
👉🏻 Estoy listo para volver, no sé a qué nivel, no sé qué se puede esperar, no tengo ni idea,… pic.twitter.com/XAz8EoltDf — Rafa Nadal (@RafaelNadal) December 6, 2023
When Nadal said in October that his Australian Open return wasn't fully guaranteed, some became worried. But those worries ended when Nadal announced his return would start in Brisbane. "I have been afraid to announce things because in the end it's a year without competing and it's a hip operation.
But what worries me the most is not the hip, it's everything else. I think I'm ready, and I trust and hope that things go well and that it gives me the opportunity to enjoy myself on the court," Nadal said this week.