Tennis, Nadal returned to play in Australia: suffered a knockout in Brisbane


By John

From Australia to Australia. Rafael Nadal officially returned to the court 347 days after the last time at the ATP 250 in Brisbane, a tournament that marks the Spaniard’s return to the circuit after a year out due to injury. While waiting for his debut in singles, the Spaniard broke the ice in doubles. Paired with Marc Lopez, the two Spaniards lost with a doubles 6-4 against the Australians Max Purcell and Jordan Thompson. A match to rediscover the feeling with the court: initially appearing out of phase, Nadal improved over time, especially in his performance. Nadal will return to the court on the Italian night between Monday and Tuesday (live on Sky Sport and streaming on NOW) for the debut in singles. The opponent will be Dominic Thiem who passed the qualifications by eliminating Giulio Zeppieri with a score of 3-6, 6-4, 6-4. The match between the Austrian and Nadal will be the 16th match in his career, a remake of the 2018 and 2019 Roland Garros finals, both won by Rafa who is 9 ahead. Meanwhile, Rafael Nadal does not rule out a return as a player in Australia in 2025. The Spaniard has declared in recent months that this “probably” will be the last season, but never say never: “I can’t predict what will happen 100% in my future – he admitted in the press conference – That’s why I said probably. Obviously there is a high probability that this will be the last time I play in Australia, but if I’m still here next year don’t tell me ‘You said this will be your last season’, because I didn’t say that.”