Rafael Nadal, the former world number one and 20-time Grand Slam champion, offered a quick update on his comeback to professional tennis as he raises the intensity of his practice with each passing day.
This is tremendously encouraging news for tennis fans across the world.
Nadal expressed cautious optimism about his return to the ATP tour and expressed hope for a better 2022 season.
Rafael Nadal is expected to return at the end of the year
“That’s why I’m working every day and hopefully things will be better and better. I’m positive. I don’t know when I will come back but I can give my goal”, said the Spaniard as per reports Tennis Majors.
The Spaniard, who missed Wimbledon and the US Open this year owing to a foot injury, may compete in the Mubadala World Tennis Championship in Abu Dhabi, which will take place from December 16 to 18.
The former world number one also stated that his practice sessions have improved, which gives the Spaniard hope for a long-running run next year.
“There are positive days and negative days but more positive days”, revealed Nadal.
Following losing in the semi-finals of the French Open to Novak Djokovic. Rafael Nadal decided to skip the Wimbledon Championships in order to heal his body after a frantic European clay-court swing.
The Spaniard resumed to competition during the US hard-court season, making his debut at the Citi Open. Where he fell in the pre-quarterfinals against Llyod Harris.
The Spaniard declared his decision to forego the rest of the season and work on his foot issue even before attending the US Open.
As the recuperation process progressed, the Spaniard gradually returned to his academy’s courts, and based on his current statements, there are strong indications that Nadal will compete in the Australian Open next year.
Even before the happy slam, the Spaniard might wish to participate in one of the several events taking place. So as to get some practice in.
If Rafael Nadal plays in Melbourne, the first grand slam of the year will become even more intriguing. As Djokovic will have an expected competitor in the Spaniard.
Daniil Medvedev, Stefanos Tsitsipas, and Alexander Zverev are expected to make an impression in 2022 Melbourne. This puts pressure on Nadal and Djokovic.