Rafael Nadal, who announced 2024 may be his last season, hints at 2025 Australian Open participation to TD Craig Tiley

Craig Tiley, optimistic about Nadal's return, throws some light on the injury.

Rafael Nadal, who announced 2024 may be his last season, hints at 2025 Australian Open participation to TD Craig Tiley

Craig Tiley and Rafael Nadal (Via Open Source)

Rafael Nadal, the Spanish pro, had the hopes of millions of fans on his shoulders as he geared up for an all-exciting comeback to tennis. 

Unfortunately, the Spaniard faced a small hiccup on his way to the Slam and was again injured. Nadal’s Australian Open dreams were thwarted by the injury he suffered in the quarterfinals of the Brisbane International.

Nadal suffered a micro-tear on his muscle during his match against Jordan Thompson that hindered his return at the Australian Open. 

Despite the disappointment, Craig Tiley, the CEO of the Australian Open remained optimistic on Nadal’s return.

He recently revealed that the Spaniard hasn’t completely ruled out his return next year at the 2025 Australian Open. In addition to this, the CEO revealed that Nadal may return on Tour as early as February. 

On the Australian Open podcast, Tiley revealed this exciting information. Furthermore, he said that Nadal had reacted to him by saying that he would return if he played well, injury-free.

This comes as a huge relief to the fans who were disappointed with the 37-year-old’s withdrawal. With the clay season upcoming, Nadal is expected to be present there and hopefully get back to his winning ways. 

Craig Tiley reveals how Rafael Nadal is disappointed with his injury at the 2024 Brisbane International

Craig Tiley, the CEO of the Australian Open, recently revealed in a podcast that he had met Nadal after the injury update and narrated the meeting in the podcast.

Rafael Nadal
Rafael Nadal (Via The News International)
He’s really disappointed. 
He said

The Spaniard was seemingly in good form with a perfectly healthy body until he played a long match and later became a victim of a micro-tear that had him back on the sidelines. 

Fortunately, it’s not the same injury, and he assures the public that they might get to witness the Spaniard back in action after a while of rest. Nadal is now back in Spain to treat his injury and hopefully train for a better comeback next time. 

With Monte Carlo to start the clay season, the ‘King of Clay’ is expected to be there, but as of now, there is no assured time for a comeback.

Nonetheless, Australia carries on with its league as the draws are out and each quarter has a couple of favorites, ensuring an exciting couple of weeks for all the tennis fans.

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