Rafael Nadal’s ‘Possible Adversities’ Concern His Veteran ATP Compatriot as a Calculated Comeback Beckons -’His Body Will React’

Published 12/28/2023, 9:22 AM EST

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Rafael Nadal‘s 2023 season was hindered by a hip injury that he picked up at the Grand Slam event in Melbourne. Now, after his near-season-long injury absence, the ‘King of the Clay’ will be returning to his tennis duties at the Brisbane International. However, there is already a lot of skepticism surrounding Nadal’s comeback on the tour, according to the Spanish tennis veteran Àlex Corretja‘s recent disclosures.

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There is undoubtedly a lot of excitement about the 22-time singles Grand Slam champion’s robust return. But at the same time, Corretja is quite concerned about his compatriot’s on-court levels, as he brought to light his one major ‘doubt’.

The Spanish tennis veteran has one major ‘doubt’ about Rafael Nadal’s comeback

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The former world No. 1 player hasn’t played a single competitive game since his second-round defeat at the 2023 Australian Open. In light of his long break, Àlex Corretja recently opened up about how he is doubtful about Rafael Nadal’s fitness levels.

In an interview with Eurosport, the Spanish former tennis player said, “For me, one of the uncertainties is to know how his body will react, not only from the injury he has had, but also from the possible adversities he may encounter at any given moment.”

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As the ‘King of the Clay’ hasn’t played for a long time, Corretja claimed that his compatriot might face some problems keeping up with his fitness levels on the court. While saying, “That is the only doubt I have,” the 49-year-old also talked about how the Spaniard now needs to manage his workload after his return.

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Corretja on how Nadal will need to manage his workload on the tour

Corretja believes that staying fit following his return to the court will depend on how well Nadal manages his various athletic responsibilities. From his training sessions to his official matches, the former world No. 2 player said that Nadal will need to manage his workload on the tour.

In the same interview, Corretja said,  “I think that’s what he’s going to have to control very well, his training, his official matches.” If he manages to keep up with his fitness levels, the 49-year-old also asserted that Nadal can win several matches and titles as well.

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Anurag Gusain

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Like millions of fans around the world, my foray into the world of tennis began after witnessing the incredible domination of the ?King of Clay? over the past decade. It was my passion for tennis that initially drew me to the dynamic field of sports journalism. My professional journey in sports journalism with EssentiallySports has seen me cover over 1000 articles, focusing on almost every ATP and WTA tournament, including Grand Slams.
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