The former Italian tennis star Paolo Bertolucci, in an article written for the Italian newspaper La Gazzetta dello Sport, expressed his opinion on Rafael Nadal's come back. Bertolucci is convinced that the Spanish legend will not return for a farewell Tour "The announcement of Rafa Nadal's return to the Brisbane tournament from 31 December, published yesterday on his social networks, does not surprise me, it had been in the air for some time.
After all, we are talking about a champion who has taken tennis tremendously seriously since he was a child. For him it's not just a job, it's a lifelong passion. Obviously he remains the emperor of clay, we have never seen such a strong player on clay in the history of this sport.
There is a lot of curiosity in seeing him back on the court. Accustomed as he was to breaking so many records, perhaps he wants to push the boundaries of his legend further. He chose Australia to start again, but I believe that everything is part of the design of a very targeted program through specific tests that have validated this decision and which should bring him in good condition for the clay tournaments from May to June.
Starting, I imagine, from Monte Carlo to arrive in Paris: he, king of the Roland Garros, will not be able to miss that event which has seen him triumph in 14 editions, an absolute record. I'm sure, however, that he will still have a great desire to compete and overcome his opponents: someone like him doesn't come back to do the farewell tour.
The tournaments will not be catwalks to collect the last applause and say goodbye to his many fans," he told.
Rafael Nadal finally returns to play tennis!
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Rafael Nadal is ready to get back into the game and return to the Tour: he will play his first post-injury tournament, a year later, in Brisbane with the aim of gaining minutes in his legs and presenting himself in the best conditions at the Australian Open.
The protected ranking will allow him to participate in the most important events on the circuit and his position in the ranking certainly does not represent a deal for the current big names. Meeting a champion like Nadal in the first round will make life complicated for everyone. "It's time to get back on the court," said the Spaniard.