Nadal confirms comeback at Barcelona Open

By Reuters
April 16, 2024
Superstar Rafael Nadal can be seen in this image. — Facebook/Rafa Nadal/File

BARCELONA: Rafa Nadal has confirmed he will play this week’s Barcelona Open in what will be the Spaniard’s first tournament since January.


“I arrived here a bit like in a last minute decision as I didn’t know if I was going to be able to play,” the 22-time Grand Slam champion told a press conference on Monday. “Tomorrow I’m going to be on the court.”

The 37-year-old Nadal, whose last ATP Tour match was in Brisbane in January, withdrew from last week’s Monte Carlo Masters, saying his body was not ready for competition. Former world number one Nadal has said he expects to retire after the 2024 season but is desperate to play at the French Open where he has won a record 14 titles.