Rafa Nadal, a Spanish tennis player, has confirmed his participation in the Mutua Madrid Open, which runs from May 1 to 8 at the Caja Mágica in Madrid, despite arriving “barely in preparation,” as he stated on Twitter on Tuesday.
“Despite the fact that I’ve only arrived in preparation and that it’s difficult, I truly want to participate, and I want to play at home because the opportunities are few. To strive to perform it as well as possible. We hope to see you in Madrid “, the current world number four, declared on his official Twitter account.
Due to a rib injury sustained in the semifinals of the Indian Wells Masters 1,000 against Carlos Alcaraz of Murcia, the Balearic player resigned from the Conde de Godó and had selected the Madrid tournament as his likely return to the courts.
With his loss in the Indian Wells final to American Taylor Fritz, he ended a 20-match winning streak that began in January 2022, during which he won the Melbourne, Australian Open, and Acapulco titles.
Nadal, who has won six titles in Madrid (2005, 2010, 2013, 2014, and 2017), missed the start of the clay court season by missing the Masters 1,000 in Monte Carlo (Monaco) and the Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell-Trofeo Conde de Godó, where he defended his title and Alcaraz was crowned champion after defeating Pablo Carreo in the final (6-3, 6-2).
As a result, the Madrid event will serve as a warm-up for his return to the top level of the circuit, where he will most likely compete in the Masters 1,000 in Rome for his eleventh title (2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2018, 2019, and 2021) before attempting to win his fourteenth Roland Garros title (2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2020).