With a few weeks left in the 2021 season, the wheel is ready to start anew. For official tournaments, it will be at the height of recent times, for exhibitions: luxury, instead, there are few days. The Canon Mobadala World Tennis Championships will host Rafael Nadal again, who does not play an official match of the second round of defeat with Lloyd Harris in Washington. The Spaniard, who won the mini-tournament five times, will debut on Friday, December 17, in the semifinals against the winner of the duel between Andy Murray and Dominic Thiem. The match that he will play the day before and which, obviously, will also reflect the return of Austrian talent, absent from the (tragic) parenthesis in the red brick of Bois de Boulogne. Prelude to retiring after seven games against Adrian Mannarino in Lyon the week after, dictated by disappointing physical condition. On the other side of the key Andrey Rublev, who closed the season in Turin, not exactly in the brightest way possible, will meet the winner of the match between Casper Ruud, parallel to the absolute revelation of the season just ended, and Denis Shapovalov. Also in the middle will be Belinda Bencic (with an opponent yet to be decided) given the retirement of Emma Raducanu. The winner of the US Open, who even triumphed in a Slam before capturing a match on the WTA circuit, tested positive for COVID. Waiting for Nadal: It will be the first test after four months, almost all the attention of the case will obviously be reserved for Nadal, who opted for a 250 ‘in Melbourne in the second week of January and not for the ATP Cup after the tournament.
Nadal on the upcoming 2022 season
Spanish tennis star Rafael Nadal has been away from the Tour for a considerable amount of time now. Rafa has been struggling with a persistent foot injury and hasn’t competed since August. However, there has been a positive update as he is supposed to compete in the Mubadala World Tennis Championships 2021. “I know the comeback will be not easy,” Nadal continued. “I don’t have big expectations now. My only expectation is to be here, to play in front of a great crowd again, to feel myself competing again against great players, and then enjoy. It has been a very tough period of time for me, honestly, so just to be here is great news for me. I really hope the foot is going to get better and better to be again at the level that I want to be,” Nadal added. “If I am able to play with no limitations, I want to fight again for everything, so that’s the goal. My experience says that things change very quick. What today seems impossible or almost impossible, nobody knows what can happen in one month.”