Rafael Nadal is back in the Tour competition after a six-month hiatus due to a foot injury. In preparation for the 2022 Australian Open, the Spaniard decided to play in the ATP 250 tournament in Melbourne.

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Rafael Nadal

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Rafael Nadal played tennis professionally for the last time last summer, but after playing in Washington, he decided to return to the country to treat his foot injury. He did not appear in the world’s stadiums in the 2021 season. He recently battled COVID-19, which disrupted preparations for his comeback. But in the end, the 20-times Grand Slam champion took off on a trip to Melbourne ready to play.

He will remain the highest rated player in the ATP 250 Championships at Melbourne Park. His first competitor of the new season will be American Marcus Jeron, or a qualified tennis player. In the neighborhood of the Spaniard there was also, among other things, the Australian Alexey Popperin or the German Dominic Kupfer marked “seven”. If Majorkan reaches the semi-finals, he can beat, among other things, Belgium’s David Goffin or Belarusian Ilya Iwaszka.

Riley Opelka will play for the runner-up in Melbourne. The American will start a duel by qualifying. Then he can play, among other things, with Frenchman Benoit Bayer or Kevin Anderson of South Africa. If he goes to the semi-finals, then his path may be, for example, a seed from the third quarter – Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov and American Mackenzie MacDonald.

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Nadal’s return will not be the highlight of next week’s tournament in Melbourne. Australian Nick Kyrgios, who was awarded a college ticket by the organisers, also returns to the competition. This pass was also awarded to the former leader of the ATP rankings, Britain’s Andy Murray.

The main ladder of the ATP 250 event will begin in Melbourne on Tuesday, January 4th. The winner of the competition will be announced on Sunday 9 January.

Melbourne Summer Collection, Melbourne (Australia)
ATP 250, Hard Court, 521K prize pool. dollar

The main arc is drawn:

Rafael Nadal (Spain, 1) Goodbye
Question: Marcus Giron (USA)
Alexei Popirin (Australia) – Stefano Trafaglia (Italy)
Talon Grexburg (Netherlands) – Dominic Kupfer (Germany, 7)

David Goffin (Belgium, 4) Bye
Alex Mulkan (Slovakia) – Nick Kyrgios (Australia)
Christopher O’Connell (Australia, WC) – Jordan Thompson (Australia)
Richard Gasquet (France) – Ilya Ivashka (Belarus 6)

Mackenzie MacDonald (USA, 8) – Peter Gogowczyk (Germany)
Adrian Mannarino (Francja) – Botic van de Zandschulp (Holandia)
Facundo Bagnis (Argentina) – Andy Murray (UK, WC)
Grigor Dimitrov (Bulgaria, 3) Free Fate

Benoit Pierre (Frankja, 5) – s
Jaume Munnar (Spain) – Kevin Anderson (South Africa)
Riley Opelka (USA, 2) Bye

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