Rafael Nadal’s plan to return to compete on the ATP Tour has been underway for a few months. And the next stop for the champion of 22 Grand Slam titles goes through Kuwait. The Spaniard will travel to the Arab country next week to train at the Rafa Nadal Academy Kuwait, which he inaugurated in 2020 at the Sheikh Jaber Al-Abdullah Al-Jaber Al-Sabah international Tennis Complex.
With this next step, the Mallorcan will seek to acclimatize to the temperatures of the Australian summer, since Kuwait currently has conditions more similar to those of Australia than those of Mallorca. In addition, Nadal has invited Arthur Fils, recent finalist of the Next Gen ATP Finals presented by NEOM, to train with him during those days in Kuwait, seeking to raise the bar in his practice sessions with a fit tennis player, who currently occupies the No. 36 in the Pepperstone ATP Rankings.
Fils, who finished the year with a record of 23 wins and 19 losses, winning his first ATP Tour title in Lyon, in addition to his first final in Antwerp, will be Nadal’s training partner for the final phase of the training process. recovery of the Balearic Islands.
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Last Friday, Nadal announced on his social networks that he would return to the circuit at the Brisbane International presented by Evie. After playing his last match on January 18 of this year, in which he was injured against Mackenzie McDonald in the second round of the Australian Open, Nadal faced a very difficult year.
The 37-year-old’s diagnosis was a Grade 2 injury to the iliac psoas in his left leg, which forced him to postpone his comeback until he finally ended his season before the start of Roland Garros. Days later, Nadal underwent an arthroscopic procedure in Barcelona to check the iliopsoas injury, which kept him sidelined until October.
Since then, Nadal has returned to training progressively, increasing workloads and preparing for the moment of making a key decision: his return date to competition, which has already been set for the end of December in Brisbane.