Rafael Nadal’s Comeback Emerges as ‘A Lesson for Many’ as Former Pro Adds ‘Victory’ Tag to His Return

Published 12/04/2023, 4:35 AM EST

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Enjoy the show while it lasts. The Rafael Nadal show which has been running for almost 22 years now, is rumored to run its last episode next year. During this span, the former number 1, had managed to clinch 22 Grand Slam titles. He has finished the year-end number one five times in his career so far. Is there anything left for him to prove on the biggest stage?

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Well, the 50-year-old French former pro tennis player, Fabrice Santoro believes Nadal’s comeback in itself is something that tennis fans must rejoice in. Rafa has achieved a lot throughout his career, Santoro feels instead of criticizing him if he fails to win tournaments, fans should grab popcorn and enjoy the show.

Former French ATP Star who had a 21-year-long experience on Tour shares his thoughts on the comeback of Rafael Nadal

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The 37-year-old Spaniard hasn’t featured in any form of tennis since his early exit from the AO earlier this year. He had suffered a hip injury during that match and has been nursing the injury since then. He has played only 4 matches in 2023 and has been out for almost a year. Fans are eager to see him back in action and expectations are like always soaring high with the Spaniard. The 14-time French Open Winner was rumored to make a comeback in his favorite Grand Slam. But it didn’t happen.

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Now, he has already announced his comeback, and here’s what Fabrice Santoro says about the expectations surrounding his comeback. ‘What I hope is that whatever the results are, people will say bravo. To come back like this is already a victory. If it goes well, we’re going to say, “That’s great,” if it goes bad, I can already hear some people say, “But why? He should never have, etc, etc.” He doesn’t have to prove anything to anyone. But nothing at all! He’s doing it, it’s already fantastic. This is a lesson for many,‘ Santoro.

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Nadal has confirmed his participation at the Brisbane International which is set to commence from December 31 to January 7. This tournament would serve as a good preparatory event ahead of the mega event in Melbourne Park.

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Nadal is spending his time at the golf course ahead of an action-packed 2024 season

The former number 1 is currently placed at 663 in the ATP singles ranking. He will have to face some stiff challenges to make a long run in the mega events next year. Nadal has triumphed twice in Australia, now he looks to put his mark for the third time in AO. But before that, it’s time for some refreshment. On Sunday he was seen posing with a golf club with all smiles in Mallorca.

Tennis and golf go hand in hand. Many tennis players take up golf to spend their leisure time just like we’ve seen Novak Djokovic switching rackets with golf clubs at the Ryder Cup All-Star match a few months ago. Good forearm strength, hand-eye coordination, and similar posture with core strength make both sports connected.

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Sayantan Roy

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Tennis has been my passion since my childhood. My sheer love and enthusiasm for the racket sport has been a major influence in me wanting to build a career in sports journalism. Additionally, being a die-hard Real Madrid fan makes me more connected to my tennis idol-Rafael Nadal, who himself is a huge Los Blancos fan and a contender to become its next President.
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