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Aussie Open chief confident in Nadal’s return despite injury hurdles


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Despite Rafael Nadal’s struggles with accidents over the past couple of years, Australian Open chief Craig Tiley expressed confidence that Nadal can be at Melbourne Park in January.

Nadal, who received two of his 22 main singles titles in Melbourne, has not performed a aggressive match since bowing out within the second spherical of this 12 months’s version of the Grand Slam when hampered by a hip flexor downside.

“Rafa has been training; I follow him closely, probably every day because he’s a massive drawcard for us,” Tiley informed reporters in Melbourne on Thursday.

“He needs to play; he is clearly planning on taking part in. It all relies on how he pulls up.

“Hopefully, in the next week or the next two weeks, we get some specific confirmation of that. I’m certain Rafa will be here because he’s not going to want to miss the opportunity to repeat what he did a couple of years ago.”

In the 2022 last in opposition to Daniil Medvedev, Nadal grew to become the primary man within the Open period to come back again from two units all the way down to win the title.

Nadal has expressed a need to play another French Open and signify Spain on the Paris Olympics subsequent 12 months earlier than retiring on the finish of his twenty third season on the tour.

His workforce has but to disclose any plans for his return to the courtroom, nevertheless, and Nadal mentioned final week in Barcelona that he was uncertain in regards to the timeline.

“I have been able to train a little bit more; the progress seems pretty good,” he mentioned.

“I don’t know when I will be back playing; for sure, it is closer than the last time I spoke to the media. If you want me to tell you when I’m returning, I’m not going to do it because I don’t know when it is going to be.”

Tiley was much less bullish than he has been previously in regards to the prospect of native drawcard Nick Kyrgios collaborating in his house Grand Slam.

Kyrgios has struggled with knee and wrist accidents since pulling out of final 12 months’s Australian Open on the eleventh hour and has performed just one tour match for the reason that Japan Open in October 2022.

“We have spoken to Nick, and he obviously wants to do the best he possibly can to give him the best chance to play in January,” Tiley mentioned of the 2022 Wimbledon finalist.

“Whether he’s playing or whether he’s doing something else, Nick will be here in January, and to get him to play will be great. But we’ve got to take it as it comes, and he’s got to make sure he takes care of his health.”

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