Taylor Fritz not surprised by Rafael Nadal’s comeback news claims having him unseeded in draws will be ‘CRAZY’

Taylor Fritz feels that now that Rafael Nadal has taken enough time to recover, his return to the court will make things tough for other tennis players around. 


Taylor Fritz not surprised by Rafael Nadal’s comeback news claims having him unseeded in draws will be ‘CRAZY’

(L-R) Taylor Fritz and Rafael Nadal. (credits: Roland Garros)

American tennis star Taylor Fritz has improved vastly over the last few months and picked himself up in the rankings with great results. He has been recovering from an abdominal strain since withdrawing from the second round of the Paris Masters. While he continues his recovery, he has been left shocked by Rafael Nadal‘s return to court the next year. 

Fritz spoke to Eurosport about how he always believed that the Spaniard had some unfinished business and wouldn’t retire just like that. Fritz feels that now that he has taken enough time to recover, his return to the court will make things tough for another tennis player. 

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Fritz also shared how scary things can get as Nadal will enter the tournaments as an unseeded player, and whoever faces him will have a big task up his sleeve.

I mean, I expected that, it’s Rafa. I don’t think that he was ever going to just retire and not give it another go, so I definitely, after the amount of time he’s had off, I expected him to come back to start the year. 
Fritz said: via Eurosports

Continuing further, he added:

I think that maybe it’s going to be tough. I think it’s going to be pretty crazy having him in draws where he’s going to be unseeded. So anybody can play Rafa in the first round, so it’s going to be pretty crazy.

Where is Rafael Nadal going to stage his possible return?

It’s always a great sight to watch a top player return to the court after a long injury period. And when it’s the turn of a legend like Rafael Nadal, the entire tennis world will be waiting with open arms. 

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Nadal has confirmed that he will be returning to the court in January at the ATP 250 competition named Brisbane International, which takes place just ahead of the Australian Open

Rafael Nadal bidding goodbye to the fans after his injury at the 2023 Australian Open. (credits: Tennis365)

After a whole year of misery, having just played one competition all season long, Nadal has a lot of things to play for. But the supporters know that he won’t be the same ever again and won’t overburden his shoulders with too many expectations.

While many would hope for the ‘king of clay’ to bid goodbye to the sport with one last go at the French Open, only time will tell if those old legs can go the distance when he resumes action in the first week of January. 

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