Rafael Nadal Brushes Aside Retirement Talks After Comeback Loss

Published 12/19/2021, 5:30 AM EST
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA – JANUARY 11: Rafael Nadal poses during the FAST4Tennis media opportunity at Circular Quay on January 11, 2016 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Brendon Thorne/Getty Images)


Spanish tennis star Rafael Nadal was seen on the Tour after quite a while. The 35-year-old player was competing in the Mubadala World Tennis Championships in Abu Dhabi. Sadly, he lost in the two matches that he featured in. 

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However, the Spaniard is already relishing the opportunity to compete in the events in the upcoming season and has his sights set on the Mubadala World Tennis Championships in the coming years. 

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Speaking on his recent activities. Rafa stated, “Yeah maybe too tough to start after a long time. [Feeling] good, the goal is achieved. Be back on the court, play two matches. I spent more or less four hours on the court during the last two days. Three days because the day before I practiced with Rublev.”

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Rafael Nadal is back after a brief break 

Nadal is feeling good to be back doing what he does best. He has returned after a while and has spent a decent amount of time on the courts. Rafa was happy to be back on familiar territory in Abu Dhabi and although he did not win any match, he intends to come back in the coming seasons. 

PARIS, FRANCE June 11. Rafael Nadal of Spain reacts during his match against Novak Djokovic of Serbia on Court Philippe-Chatrier during the semi finals of the singles competition at the 2021 French Open Tennis Tournament at Roland Garros on June 11th 2021 in Paris, France. (Photo by Tim Clayton/Corbis via Getty Images)

The 20-time champion added, “I have been here plenty of times so the thing is, if I [am] still playing tennis, I am always super happy to be here playing, so hopefully, I can keep coming during the next couple of years. [It has] been a must-stop before the beginning of the next season and this year was no exception.”

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Coming to tennis, this was Nadal’s first appearance at an event in almost four months. He was last seen in Washington but lost early as he was still suffering from a foot injury. Fans expect him to play lights out when he gets back to form. 

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We wish him the best of luck for the upcoming 2022 season.

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Rohan Kollare

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Rohan Kollare is a Tennis author at EssentiallySports. Rohan has studied Sports Management and has a trophy cabinet adorned with accolades won in district and state-level tennis competitions. He has previously worked in Content Operations for Disney’s Hotstar for over a year, covering Tennis and Formula One.

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