Rafael Nadal confirmed this Friday one of the most anticipated news for tennis fans: every day he is closer to being able to play the Australian Open. The Balearic tennis player is already in the oceanic country after having overcome the coronavirus that questioned his presence on the Australian tour. Nadal himself confirmed the news through his social networks with a photo on one of the tracks in Melbourne Park, the venue that hosts the Australian Open and the Melbourne ATP 250 in which Nadal is registered (4-9) with this message: “Don’t tell anyone … I’m here.” In this way, Nadal puts an end to the doubts on his calendar after testing positive for coronavirus on the 20th after playing the Mubadala World Tennis Championship, an exhibition tournament in Abu Dhabi. After giving up the ATP Cup, which starts this midnight in Sydney, the Spaniard is already looking at the ATP 250 in Melbourne, where he starts as a great favorite, in his first serious test on his return after his injury with the Australian Open on the horizon . He looked like he might not be able to participate after testing positive for coronavirus on December 20, but he will finally be at the Australian Open pre-date. Nadal has been training at home and hopes to be fit. Nadal returned to the courts in mid-December at the Mubadala World Tennis Championship, where he was beaten by Scotsman Andy Murray (6-3, 7-5) and Canadian. Denis Shapovalov (6-7), 6-3 and 10-6). Nadal has had to confine himself ten days until he tested negative. This Wednesday he was already training on the tracks in Manacor.
Nadal has arrived in Melbourne
In an exclusive interview with Marca, former World No. 2 Alex Corretja backed Rafael Nadal to win another Grand Slam title. He said that despite not enjoying great form on the tour lately, the Spaniard will retire as a “winner.” “Rafa will retire being a winner, whatever happens. No matter how he was before, he has to assess how he wants to face what he has left from now on, but being Rafa you always have the feeling that he still has a bullet in his chamber to do something great,” said Corretja. He even suggested that the 35-year-old could still add another Grand Slam to his magnificent trophy cabinet. “You can never doubt special people like him, even if he comes from a very long injury and the process that he will have now will be difficult, I trust that there is still that great title to celebrate with him. A great title I mean a Grand Slam, because a Masters 1,000 more or less is not going to change anything,” added the former World No. 2.