The 22-time Major champion Rafael Nadal will compete in Paris and Turin, as confirmed by his coach Carlos Moya. Rafa has been training well at home in Mallorca for the last two weeks, hoping to put an abdominal injury behind him and fight for notable indoor titles.
Nadal has been battling an abdominal injury since Wimbledon, losing his stride and experiencing an early loss at the US Open. Nadal went to his house in Mallorca, welcomed his first child and went out on the practice court, working on his game and preparing for Paris in Turin.
The Spaniard shared a video with his fans, calling it a work in progress and looking eager to fight for the titles he lacks. world no. 2 skipped the second part of 2021 after a foot injury and made an impressive comeback in 2022.
The 36-year-old is ranked second in the ATP ranking list behind his compatriot Carlos Alcaraz, having won two major titles and overcoming his biggest rivals, Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic.
Rafael Nadal will return to action next week in Paris.
Rafa lifted his first Australian Open crown in 13 years in January, making an incredible comeback against Daniil Medvedev 6-2, 7-6, 3-2, 40-0.
Nadal conquered Acapulco and had 20 consecutive wins before breaking a rib in Indian Wells. He lost the final to Taylor Fritz and skipped his favorite events in Monte Carlo and Barcelona on clay. The Spaniard did not play well in Madrid and Rome after a long break, and more problems arose ahead of Roland Garros.
Battling foot pain, Rafa needed injections to endure best-of-five efforts in Paris, overcoming challenges and securing his 22nd Major crown. Hoping for more at Wimbledon, Nadal experienced a serious abdominal injury, dealt with a seven-millimeter tear and still won five matches.
Rafa withdrew before the semi-final clash with Nick Kyrgios after an epic quarter-final duel against Taylor Fritz that went all the way, going home and hoping to recover before the US Open. There was no time for that, and Nadal suffered a fourth-round loss to Frances Tiafoe in four sets.
After missing the chance to become world no. 1 in New York, Rafa returned to Mallorca to spend time with his wife and a new member of the family, as they became parents on October 8. Nadal flew to London and competed alongside Roger Federer in the Laver Cup, returning home the next day and not playing in the weeks before.
Rafa will give his best to fight for the titles in Paris and Turin, having never won these events before and he hopes to change that in the coming weeks.