Nadal eyes January return

Tennis great Rafal Nadal, who has been sidelined for nearly a year due to injury, hopes to return to the court in January. He has previously said 2024 could be his last season.



December 1, 2023 - 2:28 PM

Rafael Nadal Photo by (Anne-Christine Poujoulat/AFP via Getty Images/TNS)

MADRID (AP) — Rafael Nadal will return to playing at the Brisbane International in Australia in January, the 22-time Grand Slam champion said Friday.

“After a year of not competing, it is time to come back,” Nadal said in a video posted on social media. “It will be in Brisbane in the first week of January. See you there.”

The 37-year-old Spaniard has not played on tour since last January, when he hurt his hip flexor during a loss in the second round of the Australian Open.