Just a few days ago Rafael Nadal posted a video on his Instagram account while he was training indoors, in view of his come back at the Australian Open 2024 edition. Now, the 22-time Spanish Slam champion has also returned to training outdoors, on hard courts.
The choice of this surface falls precisely with its come back on the court program, which is foreseen precisely on the Australian hard-courts swing, at the beginning of the next season.
As can be seen in the video shared on X by @rnbyhippo22, Rafa is practicing hard in order to get back into physical shape for the start of next season.
Rafael Nadal's injury
Rafa is out of action due to a psoas injury that occurred in the second round of the 2023 Australian Open and has never recovered since then.
It was the second round, the match against the American Mackenzie McDonald, the injury seemed less serious than expected and Rafa wanted to return as soon as possible. There was talk of a month's stop but the reality was very different.
Shortly before the Roland Garros, Nadal announced the end of his season, he spoke about the injury that forced him to stay in the box until the end of the year and the situation relating to his career. Rafa underlined that, barring sensational twists, 2024 will be his last season on the circuit.
Obviously everything will depend on his physical condition and whether he will be able to compete with the best. 2023 also saw Novak Djokovic overtaking Rafael Nadal in terms of Grand Slam titles: the Serbian champion won 3 Slams and thus reached 24 Grand Slam titles, ahead of Rafael Nadal's 22 and Roger Federer's now distant 20s.
A big setback for Rafa in the fight against the GOAT and unless there are sensational twists on his return he will hardly be able to recover. However, Nadal made history and the fans can't wait to see him again at the center of the court.