Rafael Nadal Parera is a Spanish professional tennis player, born on June, 3, 1986, in Manacor, Mallorca, Spain. He is without doubt one of the most talented tennis players of his generation surpassing Djokovic and Federer.
After a long break, the Spanish tennis icon is expected to return to action in February this year. What’s more, he has accepted to participate in the Qatar Open.
Rafael Nadal who has not played in any major Grand slams for over a year, is battling to fully recover his fitness level since last year’s Australian Open.
Many people had expected to watch the 37-year-old in action at this year’s Australian Open, but his fitness issues didn’t allow him.
Hence, he returned to his home country where he has been making efforts to return to full fitness ahead of other grand slams in 2024.
Rafael Nadal will now resume his journey back to the top of the tennis world by participating in the Qatar Open.
It is set to start on February 19 and end on February 24.
The ATP event
Aside from Nadal, world number 5 Andrey Rublev, the reigning champion Daniil Medvedev, and Andy Murray are anticipated to compete in the ATP 250 event.
In his first two rounds in Brisbane, the 22-time Grand Slam champion Nadal overcame Jordan Thompson in straight sets; however, in the quarterfinals, his injury woes reignited.
Nadal claimed that a scan had shown a little muscle tear, but it wasn’t where his previous, persistent hip issue had been.
In May, following his first-ever absence from the French Open in 19 years, he announced that 2024 would “probably” be his final year in professional tennis.
What this implies is that he might have participated in his last Australian Open already.
Nadal at a glance
Young Nadal started tennis at a very young age. He had great potentials and in little or no time the Spanish Tennis Federation saw that potential.
They offered him the opportunity to move to Barcelona and leave his hometown of Mallorca. But Nadal’s father did not want his son to be raised in another country.
He quickly covered all the costs of training so he could stay in the beautiful island.
Nadal began his professional career at 15 years old and slowly he kept on climbing up the ranks.
He won the first ATP title in 2003 and meeting with Federer for the first time, although Nadal was victorious in their first encounter, a career-long rivalry between both competitors began.
Such great talents attracts endorsements. Nadal has had a good relationship with Kia Motors who have sponsored him since 2006.
Later he was also sponsored by Nike, Lanvin, Quely, Emporio Armani, and PokerStars.