Rafael Nadal has officially announced his comeback in 2024, ending weeks of speculation.
Speaking at an event in Barcelona at the Clinica del Tenis, run by his sports physician, Dr. Angel Ruiz Cotorro, Rafa provided optimistic updates on his recovery and return to tennis.
“If you want something new that I haven’t told you so far, then I sincerely believe that I will return to play.
“I’m not ready to say whether it will be in one place or another, but I’m happy with how things are going. A few weeks ago, I wasn’t in a position to say if I could come back, but the steps forward have been positive. I hope to be able to say something more concrete in the next few weeks.
“Nor can I say at what level I will be able to return, but I have never lost the illusion of playing and now it seems that things are going in the right direction. When I know when I’ll be back, I’ll be the first to say so. I’m training and I’m happy. It’s a good time in my life. This is a step forward without any doubt, and it’s a lot.”
Our champ also said that he won’t view his comeback as a competition against Novak Djokovic.
“I have not played for a year and for me personal success, which is often more powerful than overall success, is to continue to imagine returning to play.
“I know it will be difficult to recover a very high level of tennis, but if I did not have the illusion of being competitive again I would not have done the work I have done these months. I’m not going to win more Grand Slams than Novak Djokovic, but I’m going to give myself the opportunity to enjoy myself again.”