- Toni Nadal expects nephew Rafael Nadal to return at Australian Open after almost a year out with hip injury | Eurosport
Asked about his nephew’s return, Toni told Spanish radio station Onda Cero: “I believe that it will come at the Australian Open.
“Obviously my nephew intends to be cautious, which is what he has to do. Every day he is getting a little better. It is true that it has been a very long injury, but hey, it is what it is.
“It is a high-level sport; in the end it is almost obligatory to play with pain, unfortunately, because you push your body to the limit.
“Pushing it to the limit is what makes you have all these problems.”
- ITF will encourage Rafael Nadal to compete at 2024 Paris Games | ESPN
Uncertainty surrounds the recovering Rafael Nadal’s 2024 campaign but the International Tennis Federation (ITF) will do everything it can to encourage him to compete in the Paris Olympic Games, the global tennis body’s chief David Haggerty told Reuters.
“We know what a champion he is and a medallist a number of times so it certainly could be a storybook ending, so to speak, for him. It would be great. Whether he does or not, will be up to him,” Haggerty told Reuters in a video call on Monday.
“But we’ll do everything we can to encourage him to play, because I think it would be great. Knowing that it’s in Paris, at Roland Garros, where he’s had such tremendous success would be a great venue for him to be able to compete at.”
- Djokovic: “I hope Nadal and I will have a drink on some beach, some day, to talk about life” | Tennis Majors
Djokovic was more prolific on his arch-rival Rafael Nadal. “He is a very special rival in my career,” Djokovic repeated. “My track record against him is not good at Roland-Garros. We are not too friendly, yes, but we do respect each other. But we hope – at least I hope, I can talk about me – that we will be able to take time to have a drink, on some beach, some day, to talk about life after our careers, with less stress and less expectations due to the competition.”
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