It is not yet certain whether Rafael Nadal will take part in the Australian Open next month. The 35-year-old Spaniard returned unofficially this week after a long absence.
“The idea is to go to Australia and do what I can there,” said Nadal, who is playing for the first time after a protracted leg injury at a demonstration in Abu Dhabi. “But if I’m 100 percent honest, I can not guarantee it.”
“I need to talk to my team. It’s been six months since I last played my official game,” Nadal said.
Nadal lost to Abu Dhabi senior player Andy Murray and Canadian talent Denise Shapovalov in Abu Dhabi. “I’ll had opportunities in both parties, and it’s positive,” said the twenty-time Grand Slam winner.
“Unfortunately I have done this act many times in my life. To accomplish this I need to train and get fully fit. I hope I will fully recover,” Nadal said.
Nadal is still curious and motivated
The Spaniard has been relegated to sixth place in the world rankings due to injury. “I no longer play for money or for fun. I play tennis to achieve my goals. There is still motivation and interest.”
The Australian Open starts on January 17th. Nadal shares the record with Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic for twenty Grand Slam titles. Federer has been ruled out of Melbourne due to knee surgery.
It is not yet certain whether Djokovic, the world number one, will take part in the Australian Open due to uncertainty about his vaccine status. Only tennis players who have been vaccinated against COVID-19 will be allowed to play in this year’s first Grand Slam. Serbia is on the provisional list of participants.
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