Rafael Nadal returns to the field. Stopped by City Open in Washington last August, tennis player Majorcan is on the ATP 250 entry list in Melbourne, the tournament that will begin on January 4, a prelude to the Australian Open, the first seasonal Grand Slam to start at 17/1.
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In recent days, Nadal’s name is not among Spain’s ATP Cup teams, where other top players will play, including Djokovic and Berrettini (vaccines and injuries permitting). Nadal fell to the world number 6 after another season he was injured, in which he won two titles, and won in Barcelona and Rome. He has only won the Australian Open once, in 2009, but has since been defeated four times in the final, in 2012, 2014, 2017, and 2019. Since the start of the 2020 season, the Spaniard has played in four finals, winning everything. Of them, including last year’s French Open. With Nadal, among others, there will also be Kei Nishikori, Kevin Anderson and Grigor Dimitrov in Melbourne. However, in Adelaide, all eyes are on Gael Monfils, Marin Cilic and Lorenzo Musetti.
Barty is back too
Speaking of returns, the Ashleigh Barty story should also be mentioned. For the last time on the court at the beginning of September at Flushing Meadows but still top of the WTA rankings, the 25-year-old Australian will resume from Adelaide International in the first week of January. Also with her at the beginning were Iga Swiatek, Garbine Muguruza and Karolina Pliskova. Australian Open champion Naomi Osaka, and last US Open winner Emma Radokano, will instead open the 2022 season at Melbourne Park which will host two WTA 250 matches.
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