Through a press release, the Australian Open Tournament Director Craig Tiley gave an important update on Rafael Nadal's physical condition. The Spaniard is back to practice this week in Manacor and should be back to compete at the Mubadala World Tennis Championship in Abu Dhabi and then Brisbane prior to the first calendar Grand Slam of the year.
'I’ve been in touch with Rafa and he’s back to full fitness after cutting his season short after Paris and can’t wait to arrive in Australia', said Tiley. 'And there are so many contenders who have the game, fitness and ability to break through on the men’s side.
Kei Nishikori has had an incredible year, as have Marin Cilic and Kevin Anderson. The young guns Sasha Zverev, Dominic Thiem, David Goffin and Stefanos Tsitsipas are all on the cusp of a breakthrough at this level. The players will see huge changes onsite in January, with what we believe are the best player facilities in world sport.
We have a new ‘Player Pod’ – a massive new four-storey structure beside Rod Laver Arena – and we can’t wait to unveil it in 2019. Everything from new locker rooms, restaurants and lounges, medical, treatment and training facilities have been designed with the players’ comfort and convenience in mind.' Nadal reached the quarter-finals at this year's Australian Open retiring during the fifth set against Marin Cilic.