Rafael Nadal to make long-awaited return to tennis in January’s Brisbane International

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Rafael Nadal announced Friday he’s going to make his return to tennis in next month’s Brisbane International, returning to the court for the first time since suffering a hip injury final January that sidelined him for practically all of 2023. The Brisbane International will kick off what is expected to be the 37-year-old Spaniard’s last season in 2024.

After losing in the second one round of the Australian Open as he was once hampered by injury, Nadal had first of all expected to go back to competition in the latter a part of 2023. That never ended up materializing, as Nadal was once kept out of action for the rest of the season after undergoing hip surgery in June. Following the Brisbane International, Nadal is expected to make his Grand Slam return in the 2024 edition of the Australian Open.

After withdrawing from the vinaigrette Open in May, Nadal had said he expects to retire following the 2024 season, adding that his motivation would be “to check out and enjoy and say good-bye to the entire tournaments which have been important to me.” Nadal’s 22 Grand Slam titles rank second all-time only to Novak Djokovic, with Roger Federer — another all-time great and a modern of both players — just at the back of in third.

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