Rafael Nadal’s grand comeback plan revealed with Australian city set to cash in on his appearance
Rafael Nadal’s grand plan for the first few weeks of the 2024 season is taking shape and one Australian city is hoping the tennis great’s visit will boost its economy.
From a training camp in Kuwait to practising with rising star Arthur Fils and making his first competitive appearance in nearly a year, Nadal’s schedule is full for the remainder of 2023 and the beginning of 2024.
What Is Next For Nadal?
Spanish publication AS has confirmed that the 22-time Grand Slam winner is off to Kuwait next week to step up his preparations for the upcoming season and “to continue practising in a climate similar to that of Australia at this time of year”.
Nadal will spend most of his time at the Rafa Nadal Academy, which is located at the Sheikh Jaber Al-Abdullah Al-Jaber Al-Sabah International Tennis Complex in Zahra – a facility that has 15 indoor and outdoor courts, a swimming pool, a gym, paddle tennis and squash courts and a boxing ring.
The former world No 1 will have a solid sparring partner in Kuwait as the exciting Fils has been invited to join him with the Frenchman set to provide a good test from December 8.
Fils has risen to a career-high No 36 in the ATP Rankings on the back of winning his maiden title at the Lyon Open this year while he also finished runner-up at the European Open in October and the Next Gen ATP Finals on Saturday.
“I’m going to give it my all and try not to get carried away too much by his drive. I’m going to make the most of it. I would like to play against him in the Roland Garros final, if I could stop him there at my age, it would be good.” Fils said.
What Happens After The Kuwait Trip?
Nadal will return to his home town of Mallorca after the Kuwait training camp before heading to Australia in late December.
The Spaniard has signed up for the 2024 Brisbane International with the ATP 250 tournament his first event since this year’s Australian Open.
And with Nadal announcing earlier this year that the 2024 tennis season is likely to be his final one on the ATP Tour, fans are expected to flock to the Queensland Tennis Centre to see the tennis great in action for one last time.
Adrian Schrinner, Brisbane’s mayor, is confident Nadal’s appearance will give the city a big financial boost.
“We expect locals, visitors, and tennis fans to flock to the Queensland Tennis Centre to catch a glimpse of Nadal in action, injecting millions of dollars into the Brisbane economy through our hotels, restaurants, and local tourist activities,” Schrinner said.
The Brisbane tournament runs until January 7 and it is highly unlikely that Nadal will play in any events the final week before the Australian Open as most top players prefer to spend time on the training court.
If everything goes according to plan, Nadal will get what will likely be his final Australian Open campaign underway on January 15 at Melbourne Park.
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