Tennis: Nadal Confirms Tour Return At Brisbane International
Spanish tennis star Rafael Nadal on Friday confirmed his return to competition at the Brisbane International warm up event for the Australian Open in January 2024.
The 22-time Grand Slam champion has not played a competitive match since bowing out in the second round of this year’s Australian Open when hampered by a hip injury.
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“After a year away from competition, it’s time to come back,” Nadal, who won the Australian Open in 2009 and 2022, said in a video posted on social media.
Nadal dropped out of the top 100 for the first time in 20 years earlier in the season and has slipped to number 633 in the world . However, he is eligible for a protected ranking having been injured and not competing in any event for at least six months.
The Brisbane tournament, which is returning after a three-year hiatus forced initially by the COVID pandemic, will run from December 31st – 7th January. The Australian Open takes place at Melbourne Park from January 14th – 28th, 2024.