Rafael Nadal confirms imminent return: "What has changed is that I know I'm going to play tennis again"

At a promotional event at the Teknon Tennis Clinic, Rafael Nadal has cleared up doubts and confirmed his long-awaited return to the tennis court.

As reported by Punto de Break, after months of uncertainty and silence about his sporting future after undergoing hip surgery, the Mallorcan tennis player has finally shared the good news, filling his followers and the tennis community in general with hope.

Although Nadal has maintained a cautious attitude in recent months, avoiding speculation about his comeback, recent positive signs in his recovery seem to have restored his confidence. At the promotional event, the winner of 22 Grand Slam titles said, "Until now I didn't know if I would ever play tennis again and now I think I will. What has changed from a few weeks ago to now is that now I know I'm going to play tennis again".

The Spanish tennis player has made it clear that the uncertainty about his return has been replaced by a comforting certainty. Although he has not revealed specific details about the place or level at which he will return, his enthusiasm and determination are evident in his words: "I don't know at what level I will be able to return, but I have never lost the illusion. I haven't played for a year and for me, personal success, which is more powerful than general success, is to maintain the illusion of playing again."

Nadal, known for his tireless work ethic and commitment to the sport, acknowledges the difficulty of regaining a high level of tennis after a prolonged period out of competition. However, he stresses that his motivation comes from a passion for the game and a desire to enjoy competition again. "I sense that it will be difficult to regain a high level of tennis, but if I didn't have the illusion of being competitive again, I wouldn't have done the work I have done these months and the effort that this entails after a very long career."

The news of his return aligns with rumors that have been circulating for a few months now, indicating that Nadal has been training on hard courts with the intention of participating in the Australian Open in 2024. If all goes according to plan, we could see Nadal back in competition just two months from now, coinciding with the start of the Australian Open scheduled for January 13.

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