A few weeks after the injury that prevented him from the Australian Open, Rafael Nadal is finally ready to come back on the court. The Spaniard will take part in the ATP 250 in Doha, a rather interesting tournament and open to all types of scenarios, considering the tennis players who will be present.
The Spanish champion, after his adventure in Australia which ended in Brisbane without his presence at the Melbourne Slam due to muscle fatigue, can't wait to return and acquire some continuity and rhythm. In short, what he needs to get to Indian Wells and Miami at his best, before the switch that will lead him to play his beloved clay-swing.
Returning to Doha, Daniil Medvedev will be the main seed of the tournament and will have to defend the title he won last year and among his rivals, he will find the countrymen Andrey Rublev and Karen Khachanov.
Montpellier winner Alexander Bublik is also at the start, as well as Andy Murray who wants to return to winning ways and overcome at least the obstacle of the first round. Two Italian athletes are ready to battle to try to emerge in a competitive main draw: Lorenzo Musetti, number 8 on the list, and Lorenzo Sonego, looking for a positive result before the American tour with the two ATP Masters 1000 in Indian Wells and Miami.
In short, in the week from 19 to 25 February, in addition to Rio de Janeiro and Los Cabos, the men's Tour will also be the protagonist in Qatar.
Here is the complete entry list released by the tournament organizers.
Alejandro Davidovich Fokina
Rafael Nadal (protected ranking)
Here are the first alternates that could enter the board in case of waivers.
Botic van de Zandschulp
Roberto Bautista Agut
Luca Van Assche