Rafael Nadal will confirm the details of his long-awaited comeback in the coming days after a social media post.
Nadal has endured a tough 2023 season after he crashed out of the Australian Open second round in January. The 22-time Grand Slam champion then had surgery on his hip in the summer to prepare for an eventual comeback to professional tennis.
In the latest developments, Nadal confirmed earlier this week that he would be back to action soon, but didn't provide any exact details on his return.
However, the 37-year-old took to his personal Instagram to share that he and his team are preparing his comeback schedule, which should be released in the coming days.
"I confirmed yesterday I’ll be back. Stay tuned these days when I decide and announce with my team when and where."
Nadal is clearly feeling extremely positive about his potential comeback, which appears to be moving at a quick pace following the latest developments.
The return certainly seemed a long way off when the Spanish player struggled through a straight-sets defeat against Mackenzie McDonald at the 2023 Australian Open, in what would be his last game of this season.
Ultimately, Nadal faces a tough battle to get back to full fitness for the 2024 season, and he will need to get some much-needed, competitive practice ahead of next year's campaign.
Also, the 37-year-old has plummeted down the ATP official rankings due to his lack of playing time in 2023, and he is now placed 664th in the standings, despite starting the year second.
However, many players, pundits, and fans will be delighted that Rafa is working his way back to professional tennis. His future appeared uncertain at times during his lengthy layoff from the courts, so it is a relief that he will be back for what could be one more season.