NEW DELHI: The Australian Open in January is set to see the return of Rafael Nadal, according to tournament director Craig Tiley. The 37-year-old former world number one, who boasts an impressive 22 Grand Slam titles, is making his comeback to the sport after undergoing hip surgery earlier this year.
His 2023 season came to an early end after a second-round exit at the Australian Open, with an estimated recovery period of five months post his operation in June.
In an exclusive announcement, Tiley confirmed Nadal’s participation, stating, “We can reveal exclusively here that Rafa will be back. He’s been off for most of the year, and in talking to him over the last few days, he confirmed he will be back, which we’re really excited about. That’s awesome.”
Nadal, one of tennis’s most iconic figures, is renowned for his incredible achievements, including numerous Grand Slam victories. He has shared his intention to retire after the 2024 season, making his return to the Australian Open in January 2024 even more significant, as it could be one of his last chances to add to his remarkable list of accomplishments.
Tennis enthusiasts and fans alike will be eagerly awaiting his return, hoping for a triumphant comeback from the Spanish legend.
(With Reuters inputs)