VRafa Nadal returns. He will do it this Friday, starting at 4:00 p.m., at the Mubadala World Tennis Championship, an exhibition tournament in which he defends the crown he won two years ago in Abu Dhabi.
After four months off the slopes with a foot injury, the Spaniard returns to this event, habitual in his calendar to Australia. What Nadal himself admits is that he still does not know at what level his game is and, above all, his foot, so the great challenge is to be able to play without pain.
In this sense, Nadal assured that “right now my expectations are to try to be in Australia, to be healthy enough to play the tournament with positive feelings.” Therefore, the player, who will debut against the winner of the match between the British Andy Murray and Dan Evans, cannot yet assess whether or not to be in the first Grand Slam of the year.
When asked by the media about the options of achieving a great result in Australia, Nadal assured that “Experience tells me that things change very quickly, but today it seems impossible, or almost impossible. Nobody knows what will happen in a month. The only thing I want to do or what I am fighting for is to be prepared if the situation has a small chance of change. If I feel healthy and I am able to play the tournament before Australia and be there 20 days before the Open starts training well. “
If the foot responds, Abu Dhabi will be the first stop on a tour that will kick off with an ATP tournament in Melbourne, January 3-9, before the Australian Open, which takes place January 17-30.