Rafa to return from injury in Tie Break Tens

Rafael Nadal will make his return from injury in the Tie Break Tens event in Melbourne on Jan. 10.

Rafa previously withdrew from the Mubudala World Tennis Championship in Abu Dhabi, Brisbane International and Fast4 event in Sydney while recovering from a knee injury.

Organizers said Rafa will join Novak Djokovic and Stan Wawrinka among a field of eight players in the Melbourne knockout tournament which has a winner-take-all purse of $250,000.

In Tie Break 10s, the winner is the first player to reach 10 points with a two-point margin in a super tiebreaker.

Rafa said “Tie Break Tens is a great concept and we will see and play some exciting matches. The field is fantastic and I expect some tough competition which will be great for the Aussie fans.”

Source: AP


  1. GO RAFA GO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) : ) : ) VAMOS SWEETHEART!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : )

  2. The sight of Rafa practicing on the newly relaid court at Rod Laver Arena was a relief to organizers. He is the first of the elites to do so. He breezed through a light practice showing no signs of knee soreness. [Herald Sun]

    I can only imagine how emotional this Australian Open may be for Rafa, his first without Toni.


  3. Tennis Australia has announced the entire list of the Tie Break Tens players who will compete on the night of Jan. 10, Margaret Court Arena, winner take all, $250,000.

    D. Thiem
    L. Pouille
    T. Berdych
    R. Nadal
    N. Djokovic
    S. Wawrinka
    N. Kyrgios
    L. Hewitt


  4. Nole has purportedly stated on his website that only after the Tie Break Tens and Kooyong Classic events will he be able to make a decision regarding his fitness for the Australian Open. [DailyMail]


      • Aww, thank you Margo 🤗🌷
        And a happy New Year to you too 🥂😘

        – You nailed that danish 😃👍🏻

        RAFA TOTALLY ROCKS! 🎾💪🏼😍

      • Si… totally agree with you Margo 😊👍🏻 (I don’t speak or write much french, but long live “Google Translate” – LOL 😄)


      • Thanks for the great compliment because I do my own translations. And RAFA IS BACK.

        RAFA ROCKS

      • Very impressive 👍🏻 How many languages do you speak/write without dictionary help?


        Can’t wait to see him play again 😍

      • Nole and Roger are impressive in the number of languages they speak [5 and 4 respectively]; me only 3 but I use a dictionary for all 3. The best way to get it right, for me anyway.

        I hope Rafa surprises everyone in 2018. In a good way.

        RAFA ROCKS

    • Could you be lacking in empathy? Not many players make it to the top ten, much less the top five. Japan has much to be proud of in their Kei who had been plagued with injuries. I am wishing him a good recovery.


  5. I was so happy to see that Rafa had departed to Aus 🙂 Statement of intent put into action 💪. Hope he has a good journey, I’ve done similar from UK to NZ a few times, it takes a day of your life – not to be undertaken without a clear objective. That gives me hope for Rafa’s chances at the AO.

    I’m another one who’s very upset at Andy’s news, I so hope he can find a way back, but if not that he finds a way to accept that he can’t – and just be able to run around and play with his kids. Andy has been so honest and brave about his situation. No idea what’s happening with Novak and Stan… I’m hoping Rafa is being quietly confident :/ Just waiting to see him play!

    There’s so much talk of injuries and potential retirements going on everywhere, but there’s also a slam coming up. Tennis goes on. Vamos Rafa!!

  6. The tie break tens sounds like fun and a cool way to warm up before the AO. I’m full of mixed emotions about the start of Rafa’s season: excited, apprehensive, hopeful, optimistic….Like other Rafa fans, I just want him to be healthy and do well. Now more than ever, Rafa needs to be sensible about his schedule and I think Carlos Moyà will be the great leveler and convince Rafa to keep it real.

    What a lovely message of support that Rafa sent to Andy on Instagram. It can’t be easy for Andy to be sitting on the sidelines injured (and Rafa knows more than most how it feels) but I wish him all the very best.

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