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Rafael Nadal: 22-time Grand Slam champion set to make tennis return at Qatar Open in February | Tennis Information


Rafael Nadal is about to return to tennis in February on the Qatar Open after lacking the Australian Open on account of a muscle tear.

Nadal made a comeback in the beginning of this yr on the Brisbane Worldwide, the place he reached the quarter-finals in his first aggressive event in almost 12 months.

The 37-year-old might be again in motion within the week starting February 19 in Doha – dwell on Sky Sports activities – as he seems to construct as much as the French Open in Could, the place he’s a 14-time champion.

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He has acknowledged there’s a “excessive share” this yr might be his final season earlier than retirement after battling harm in recent times.

“The issue about saying it will be my final season is that I am unable to predict what is going on on 100 per cent sooner or later. That is why I say ‘in all probability’,” mentioned Nadal in the beginning of this yr.

“It is apparent it is a excessive share that it will be my final time enjoying in Australia. But when I am right here subsequent yr, do not inform me, ‘you mentioned it will be your final season’ as a result of I did not say it.

“You by no means know what is going on on, you realize? I am unable to predict how I will be within the subsequent six months. I am unable to predict if my physique will enable me to get pleasure from tennis as a lot as I loved the previous 20 years.”

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Unusual noises from the native environment as to the chaos of an engrossing closing level as Rafael Nadal is knocked out of the Brisbane Worldwide by Jordan Thompson

In an interview on December 13 with Spanish newspaper El Pais, Nadal mentioned he was already enthusiastic about the French Open, the place he has received 14 of his main titles.

“After I arrive in Paris, I’ll know whether it is my final yr. And there might be a previous announcement,” he added.

“There may have handed 5 months on the circuit and I will know my actuality: one can sense this stuff, however till he feels them he can’t do something.”

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