Rafael Nadal Speaks Ahead of long-Awaited Comeback, Admits ‘It’s a Complicated Process’

Published 11/22/2021, 6:00 AM EST
Aug 4, 2021; Washington, DC, USA; Rafael Nadal of Spain celebrates during a match against Jack Sock of the United States (not pictured) during the Citi Open at Rock Creek Park Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Scott Taetsch-USA TODAY Sports


Rafael Nadal suffered an unfortunate foot injury in 2021, which forced him to end his season after Washington Open. The 20-time Grand Slam champion played his last professional tennis match in August. Just recently, the Spaniard gave some optimistic news about his comeback. However, Nadal is wary that it’s going to be a complicated process.

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The 13-time French Open champion has confirmed his participation at the Australian Open 2022, starting from 17th January next year. Furthermore, the tournament director has decided to allow a 100% crowd at Melbourne Park.

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Rafael Nadal on his ‘comeback process’

It’s been three months since we last witnessed the Maestro Rafael Nadal in action. The Spaniard is currently rehabilitating from his persistent foot injury. In a recent interview, Nadal discussed the complicated process of making a comeback at the age of 35.

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Talking about his future goal, Rafael Nadal said, “My goal right now is to prepare myself in the best possible way in every way for when I am ready to arrive and be able to be competitive.”

ROME, ITALY – MAY 12: Rafael Nadal of Spain reacts to a missed point on day 5 of the Internazionali BNL d’Italia match between Rafael Nadal of Spain and Jannik Sinner of Italy at Foro Italico on May 12, 2021 in Rome, Italy. Sporting stadiums around Italy remain under strict restrictions due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in games being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

However, the former World No. 1 is aware of the complex process. He added, ” I know it is going to be a complicated process because they are many months but I am with the utmost enthusiasm and that is what has to lead me to have options next year.” Despite his foot injury, Nadal seems to be enthusiastic about his return to the tennis court.

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Nadal is currently tied at 20 Grand Slam titles with Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic. With Federer pulling out of ‘Happy Slam’, and Djokovic still uncertain about his participation, Rafael Nadal has a golden opportunity to lift his 21st Grand Slam title at the Australian Open 2022.

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Atri Bhatt

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Atri Bhatt is a Tennis author at EssentiallySports. He is pursuing his Master's degree in Sports Management from Deakin University, Australia. In addition to critically analysing the game, he also plays tennis professionally.

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