Rafael Nadal on track for his 2022 Australian Open participation
Rafael Nadal is reportedly on track to be fully fit for the 2022 Australian Open, and is expected to leave for Australia on New Year’s Eve. The Spaniard will also be participating in the Melbourne Summer Set as previously scheduled.
The World No. 9 returned to action at the 2021 Mubadala World Tennis Championship in December after a 4-month injury break. But a COVID-19 infection after the tournament cast doubts over his plans for the 2022 season.
Rafael Nadal had signed on to play at the ATP 250 event in Melbourne, which is scheduled to be held from January 3-9, followed by the 2022 Australian Open. After he tested positive for COVID-19, his participation at these tournaments became uncertain.
However, recent reports suggest that Nadal is going to compete at both the competitions. According to sources, the former World No. 1 will leave for Australia on December 31 from his hometown of Mallorca. The Melbourne Summer Set will be a warm-up to the first Grand Slam of the year.
“Rafael Nadal is flying to Australia tomorrow and should take part in the ATP 250 event organized in Melbourne as expected,” a source on Twitter reported.
A few days ago, Rafael Nadal had announced on Instagram that he was working on his fitness so that he could recover in time for the 2022 tennis season.
Rafael Nadal will be the No. 1 seed at the Melbourne ATP 250
Rafael Nadal leads the pack at the Melbourne Summer Set
The main draw of the Melbourne Summer Set begins on January 4 and Rafael Nadal will be seeded as No. 1 in the ATP 250 event. World No. 26 Reilly Opelka and World No. 28 Grigor Dimitrov are among some of the other top players taking part in the tournament.
The event will take place on the hardcourts at Melbourne Park, the same venue as the 2022 Australian Open. The Summer Set includes two WTA 250 events in addition to the ATP 250 event.
Several of the top players on the women’s tour are scheduled to play at the two events. This includes 4-time Grand Slam champion Naomi Osaka, former World No .1 Simona Halep and 2021 US Open winner Emma Raducanu.