Australian Open champion Rafa Nadal will make his return from a month-long absence due to injury at this week’s ATP Masters 1000 Madrid Open that begins later this week, the Spaniard announced on Tuesday.
The 35-year-old, who last played in the final of Indian Wells against Taylor Fritz on March 20, suffered a stress fracture in his rib during the tournament, forcing him to miss claycourt events in Monte Carlo and Barcelona. Read full story
“Despite arriving just before the tournament and preparation being difficult, I really want to play at home since the opportunities are few,” Nadal wrote on Twitter.
“So I’m going to try to do it in the best way I can. See you in Madrid.”
The former world number’s one return to action comes little under a month before the French Open, where he will be bidding for a record-extending 14th title. The claycourt major gets underway on May 22.