Excitement Builds as Rafael Nadal Prepares for 2024 Australian Open

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Rafael Nadal is set to make his return to the grand-slam tennis scene at the 2024 Australian Open, as confirmed by Craig Tiley, the director of the tournament.

The 37-year-old tennis legend has been absent from the court since sustaining a hip flexor injury during his second-round match against Mackenzie McDonald in the 2023 Melbourne edition.

In an exclusive interview on the Australian morning show “The Today Show,” Tennis Australia’s CEO, Craig Tiley, shared the exciting news: “We are thrilled to announce that Rafa will be making his comeback. After a year away from the game, he has personally confirmed his return, and we’re eagerly looking forward to welcoming back the 2022 champion. It’s truly remarkable.”

Rafa posted on Instagram: “As you can see I am practising every day and working hard to come back as soon as possible. I appreciate the vote of confidence from the Australian Open.”


  1. Rafa’s representatives are all throwing cold water on the idea that Rafa going to Australia is a done deal. Rafa himself only said “thanks for the vote of confidence.” I don’t think Rafa will travel all that way unless he is sure about his level of play and personally I will not be discouraged if he decides he needs more time. Assuming his health is good he still needs time to regain his competitive level. Take your time Rafa!

    • Yeah I noticed the same thing – that Rafa didn’t confirm that he would be participating in the Aussie Grand Slam. It’s true I think Rafa will only want to go if he thinks he is truly competitive and can go far in the tournament. I’ll guess we’ll see what happens.

    • Yeah I noticed the same thing, that he didn’t confirm that he would be participating in the Australian Open. I also agree that Rafa will only go if he thinks he is competitive and can make a good run in the tournament. It’s still months away, so I guess time will tell. I wouldn’t be surprised if he does some smaller tournaments instead if he feels like his form isn’t there yet in January 2024.

  2. Am so happy for you Rafa that will soon be back participating in competition….the sport you love so much. Millions of fans including me are so looking forward to that day in Jan 2024. Continue to heal . Vamos my Champion always. 🇪🇦🇪🇦🇮🇪🇮🇪☘☘

  3. Yehhh!!!! I have waited anxiously hoping for the best outcome. We are all excited hoping for another great performance from our beloved champ.Also crossing fingers that his physical aspect will hold on. The best for you Rafa!!!

  4. Rafa looks healthy and happy in his practice videos – can’t wait to see him back competing!! Tennis is much more enjoyable when Rafa is around!!!

  5. Great to see you smiling and hitting on court. Tennis needs you back whenever you are ready. Good luck👏💪👍🤛🎾🍀❤️

  6. Love you Rafa. Oh how I have missed you. Can’t wait to see you on the court again. Roll on the AO. Keep well.

  7. I know all of us Rafans would want to see Rafa play again happy and healthy. It will not be easy as Roger found out. I just hope Rafa can end his incredible career on his terms!

  8. Heal well Rafa and come back when you are ready, hopefully fit and healthy. We all await your safe return. Vamos our Champ 💕

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