The wait has come to an end. 151 days later, Rafa Nadal returns to compete in an official match, after his left foot injury forced him to stop his activity on August 6 at fall to Lloyd Harris in the ATP 500 in Washington. And he will do it in the doubles modality, in which he had not competed since the ATP Cup in 2020, at the hands of his countryman and pupil of the Rafa Nadal Academy, Jaume Munar.
Track 13 of Melbourne Park, the same facilities where the Australian Open (January 17 to 30) will witness the duel between the Spanish and the Australians Alexei Popyrin and Marc Polmans (not before 6:00, Spanish time). Beyond the result, Rafa’s objective is to gain a competitive rhythm that was lacking in the Abu Dhabi exhibition tournament at the end of last year (where he also contracted COVID-19) to refine his preparation for the first Grand Slam of the season
Tennis on the menu tomorrow in Melbourne.
🇺🇸 Pegula v Begu 🇷🇴
🇯🇵 Osaka v Cornet 🇫🇷
🇦🇷 Bagnis v Murray 🇬🇧
🇩🇪 Petkovic v Samsonova 🇷🇺
🇸🇰 Molcan v Kyrgios 🇦🇺
🇪🇸 Nadal / Munar v Popyrin / Polmans 🇦🇺
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Apart from the doubles, your participation in the individual table of the Melbourne Summer Set, where, in principle, he would debut next Thursday (he is exempt from playing the first round) against the American Marcos Giron or a tennis player from the previous phase. Once again, tennis is in luck.