Finally there is light at the end of the tunnel for Rafa Nadal. His comeback will turn all eyes to the Abu Dhabi exhibition tournament, where the winner of 20 majors will defend his 2019 title.
After a four-month hiatus with a foot injury, ATP number five is completing his preparations at his Manacor Academy this week before traveling to the emirate, where he could face Andrey Rublev, Casper Ruud and Denis Shapovalov. </ On Monday December 6th, the Rafa Nadal Academy posted a photo of the Balearic tennis player training in their facilities and a video leaked today showing the intense level of his rally. A sign that the work with his trainer Carlos Moyà and his doctor Angel Ruiz-Cotorro is on the right track. The problems with his left foot that worsened at Roland Garros and forced him to give up in August seem to be behind him. It is time for Rafa to see the light at the end of the tunnel.
The Müller-Weiss Syndrome, which he has suffered from since 2005, forced Rafa to retire from the Masters 1000 in Toronto and Cincinnati before joining the US Open and suspended on concrete for the rest of the season. After a four-month hiatus, the 35-year-old Spaniard is expected to return to Abu Dhabi, where he is aiming for his sixth title in 13 appearances.
The organizers of the Mubadala Tennis World Championship, which takes place from December 16-18, have confirms that Nadal will hold a meeting with the fans this Sunday December 12th. You can get close to your idol for signed autographs.
On Friday, December 17th, Rafa will meet the winner of the previous game between Dominic Thiem and Andy Murray in the semifinals. The winner of this game, which will be played at the International Tennis Center in Zayed Sports City, will pocket just over $ 250,000.
The event in Abu Dhabi is Rafa’s first step towards the Australian Open, which begins in Melbourne on January 17th . Nadal has already withdrawn from the ATP Cup, which starts on January 1st in Sydney, where Spain will be represented by Roberto Bautista and Pablo Carreño. Let’s hope the lights stay on for Rafa at the end of the tunnel!
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