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. Good news, so far, from Rafa’s Twitter account:

    On my way to Melbourne @AustralianOpen and will be playing the #tiebreaktens on Wednesday 10th looking forward to seeing you there! You guys ready? @DjokerNole @stanwawrinka @NickKyrgios @lleytonhewitt
    6:50 AM · Jan 3, 2018 from Spain

    Bring it on Rafa.


    • Hi Margo, I was going to post this happy news, but you and Maria beat me to it! I was so thrilled to see Rafa’s smiling face at the airport. You may have heard that Novak has announced his plans to play an exhibition in Australia plus the Fast Ten. He must be feeling better too. I have no expectations for Rafa at the AO. I would love it if Rafa can retain his number one ranking, but it is more important that he stay happy and healthy.

      • And a happy New Year to you.

        Glad you saw his great smile. I was trying to post the picture here but don’t know how to. I, too, was happy about that smile.

        I am also in a wait-and-see mode. Experience as a Rafa fan has taught me that I really don’t know what is going on with Rafa until it does — Bercy and the ATP Finals are just two examples [after so many assurances that he was fit]. Sponsors and tournaments most likely play a key role in what is divulged and when.

        Glad you brought it up. I was wondering how Nole will play both the Tie Break Tens [Jan. 10] and that exhibition tournament [Jan. 9-?].

        Various articles indicate that Rafa, Nole, and Stan are just testing themselves in these tournaments to see where their fitness lies. I hope they all do well.

        I really didn’t expect Andy to return so soon. When he left Wimbledon he talked about his hip and how long [years] he’s been having problems and pain. Sounds like a degenerative problem. I feel for him. It’s just so sad. Did you read his recent statement? The only thing new is that he expresses such sadness about not being able to play. He posted a picture of himself, a much younger Andy, with the comment to his fans. The prognosis is the same as it was six months ago. I am guessing he needs a hip replacement.

        RAFA ROCKS

  2. If all is well, Rafa should be leaving soon in order to arrive in Melbourne tomorrow. Like Rafa, I am very sad over Andy’s news. It is yet another example that we cannot take anything for granted. Rafa always says that he knows his next match coukd be his last. Rafa’s to Andy was short, but sweet. It was yet another example of how special Rafa is.

    • Va4favre, Rafa posted a pic of himself at Palma airport and put “on my way” so hopefully all will be well. As you have said that you can’t take things for granted , I’m sure Andy would have thought that one year he would be world number 1⃣ and now he is ranked 16, I’m hoping Rafas’s fate will have a happier outcome.

  3. I’m hoping Rafas’s knee will hold out for the AO and he doesn’t pull out or for me the AO will be over before it begins . Haven’t heard any updates on Novak but it is not looking good for Andy at all who sent out a message on Instagram . Here is just a little of it – In the short term I’m going to be staying in Australia for the next couple of days to see if my hip settles down a bit and will decide by the weekend whether to stay out here or fly home to assess what I do next. Sorry for the long post but I wanted to keep everyone in the loop and get this off my chest as it’s really hurting inside. Hope to see you back on the court soon 🎾😢❤️
    Poor Andy who is also considering surgery if needs be

    Rafa the lovely man he is replied: Andy, we miss you and we hope to see you back soon! ‘Get well my friend!’

  4. Welcome back, Rafael Nadal Fans! We’ve missed you. 🙂

    Happy New Year to Rafa, his family, his team, and all the Rafa fans around the world! Can’t wait to see Rafa play again!

  5. Always excited about Rafa getting back on court and will wait patiently until he does. I just wish he had a longer break before starting his 2018 season.

    Andy has pulled out of Brisbane. I cannot imagine how disappointed he must be.


  6. Rafa Happy New Year to you and Your team and family.

    I am praying I see you in Melbourne,

    Love and prayers


  7. Wishing Rafa and family and his worldwide fans a very happy, healthy, prosperous, exciting and winning New Year.

  8. Looking forward to seeing my favourite sportsman in the world. I still think you could take your high moral values onto the world stage. Every Good wish Jean Palmer Winnipeg Canada.

  9. Hi Rafa , As always I wish you continued success for 2018 . 2017 was a fabulous year and i fully expect for you to have a great winning year .

  10. Rafa HAPPY NEW YEAR .2018 is going to be like last year the best for Rafa ,good luck.your fans love you all over the world.🎾🎾🎾🎾👍👍👍👍😘😘😘😘🎾❤️

  11. Happy New Year Fellow Rafans! I am excited and relieved that Rafa will be playing soon. After last year’s fabulous results, it will be really hard not to expect it again. I know Rafa will try his best. I wish him health and happiness. After that, what happens, happens. It will be fascinating to see Moya take charge. I will just enjoy watching Rafa play in 2018

  12. This will be just what Rafa needs at this stage – a good short tournament to ease him into the AO. Wishing him a very happy and successful new year!

  13. Can’t wait to see you back out on the courts Rafa, Good luck and have a great time in Australia.

  14. Happy New Year Rafa!!! Wish you a super 2018 in tennis and everything else!!!


  16. Congratulations on your first post in 3,5 weeks. That’s the spirit for the new year. Happy 2018!

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