Rafael Nadal beyond 2024: he is the promise for the new tennis season

The Spanish champion revealed how he cannot predict the future, thus leaving the door open to a future in the Tour beyond 2024

by Lorenzo Ciotti
Rafael Nadal beyond 2024: he is the promise for the new tennis season
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Rafael Nadal beyond the horizon. The Spaniard was the most awaited man at the media day of the Brisbane International, the first official tournament of his new tennis life. The Spaniard decided to restart from Brisbane and did so thinking about his past.

Almost a year after the terrible injury suffered at the 2023 edition of thre Australian Open, which prevented him from playing the entire 2023 tennis season. The Majorcan appeared quite smiling despite the doubles defeat to his friend Marc Lopez.

To see him on the court in singles we will have to wait a few more days, because his debut will take place on January 2, 2024. Nadal has discovered the name of the first opponent he will challenge in singles. This is Dominic Thiem, who came from behind to beat Giulio Zeppieri with a score of 3-6, 6-4, 6-4 in the last qualifying round.

By a strange twist of fate, the Spaniard and the Austrian will even face each other in a first round match of an ATP 250 tournament after having played two Slam finals against each other at Roland Garros in 2018 and 2019.

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Nadal wasn't particularly lucky with the draw in the doubles draw and found two rather experienced players in the category on the other side of the net.

"I'm happy to be back. Although I only played here once, if I'm not mistaken - in 2017. Then I came back in 2018 and trained for a whole week, but I wasn't able to compete due to a small injury. I have positive memories and this is the reason why I decided to leave Brisbane in the first week of the season.

I wanted to return to a familiar place capable of recalling good memories," explained the Majorcan at the press conference.

Rafael Nadal: "I'm happy to be back"

Nadal has repeated on more than one occasion that 2024 could be his last year on the Tour.

The 22-time Slam champion, however, does not want to preclude any possibility and reiterated that everything will depend on the reaction of his body. "The problem is that I can't predict the future. That's why I say probably.

There's a high percentage that this will be the last year I play in Australia. But if I were to be here in 2025 don't tell me: You said that it would be your last year. Why didn't I say that!" We can't know what will happen. I don't know what will happen in six months, if my body will allow me to enjoy tennis like I have in the last 20 years.

I don't know if my body will allow me to be competitive. I don't mean to win the biggest tournaments, but to be happy on the court and feel competitive." And the future is more open than ever for the legendary Spanish champion.

I am sure that if he feels physically well and if the results on the court are positive. Nadal will not give up on extending his professional horizon beyond 2024, extending it to 2025. And it would be a great breath for tennis, which would have the Spaniard and his nemesis Novak Djokovic for another two years.

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