Rafael Nadal arrived in Brisbane, Australia, on Wednesday night and had his first training session on Thursday, marking his return to the courts after nearly a year. He practiced on the secondary court with Danish player Holger Rune, currently ranked eighth in the world. In a brief interview with the Brisbane tournament website, Nadal expressed his happiness about being back on the circuit and returning to Brisbane after a few years. He last participated in the tournament in 2017.
The tennis player suffered a hip injury during the Australian Open, which forced him to withdraw from the competition on January 18. As he awaits the draw for the tournament, which will take place on Friday night in Brazil or Saturday afternoon in Australia, Nadal has a scheduled appearance on Friday for an event at a shopping mall in the city. There, he will interact with his fans.