Rafael Nadal Announces Exciting News for Fans on His Return

Published 11/01/2021, 1:24 PM EDT
WASHINGTON, DC – AUGUST 1: Rafael Nadal (ESP) speaks with press on Media Day ahead of the 2021 Citi Open at Rock Creek Park Tennis Center on August 1, 2021 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Mike Lawrence/ISI Photos/Getty Images)


In an extremely positive news for tennis fans across the globe, former world no.1 and 20-time Grand Slam Champion Rafael Nadal gave his brief idea over return to competitive tennis as he increases intensity in practice with each passing day.

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Nadal was slightly optimistic over his return to the ATP tour and hopes for a better 2022 season.

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Rafael Nadal might make a comeback at the end of this year

That’s why I’m working every day and hopefully things will be better and better. I’m positive. I don’t know when I will come back but I can give my goal”, said the Spaniard during an event in Paris.

The Spaniard, who didn’t play Wimbledon and the US Open this year due to the foot injury, might play the Mubadala World Tennis Championship in Abu Dhabi, an exhibition event that will be held from 16th to 18th of December.

Aug 5, 2021; Washington, DC, USA; Rafael Nadal of Spain hits a forehand against Lloyd Harris of South Africa (not pictured) during the Citi Open at Rock Creek Park Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Scott Taetsch-USA TODAY Sports

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The former world no.1 also said that his practice sessions have seen an improvement as it creates hope for long-standing run from the Spaniard next year.

There are positive days and negative days but more positive days”, revealed Nadal on his practice sessions.

After losing to Novak Djokovic in the semi-finals of the French Open, Nadal decided to opt out of Wimbledon Championships to rest his body after a hectic European clay-court swing.

Nadal slowly hit the practice courts post foot treatment

The Spaniard returned to action at the US hard-court season, where he made his debut at the Citi Open and lost to Llyod Harris in the pre-quarters. Even before entering the US Open, the Spaniard announced his decision to skip the remainder of the season and focus on treating his foot injury.

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As the rehabilitation process started, the Spaniard slowly began to hit the courts at his academy and from his present words, there are highly positive signs of seeing Nadal play the Australian Open next year.

Aug 5, 2021; Washington, DC, USA; Rafael Nadal of Spain hits a backhand against Lloyd Harris of South Africa (not pictured) during the Citi Open at Rock Creek Park Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Scott Taetsch-USA TODAY Sports

Even before the happy slam, the Spaniard might want to play one of the numerous events scheduled in Melbourne to get some matches under his belt. If Rafael Nadal enters Melbourne, the first slam of next year will turn more exciting with Djokovic facing an expected rival in the form of the Spaniard.

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Also, the imminent trouble begins for Nadal and Djokovic with the likes of Daniil Medvedev, Stefanos Tsitsipas, and Alexander Zverev likely to make an impact in 2022 Melbourne.

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Sagar Ashtakoula

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Sagar Ashtakoula is a Tennis author at EssentiallySports. He has been following the sport since 2007. Sagar has completed his graduation in Electronics and Communication Engineering.

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