Rafael Nadal will make his competitive comeback at the Paris Masters next week with his coach Carlos Moya, confirming that he plans to compete in the ATP finals in Turin as well.
The 22-time Grand Slam winner hasn’t played singles matches since losing the US Open fourth round to Frances Tiafoe in early September, while also playing a doubles match alongside retired Roger Federer at the Laver Cup.
His wife Mery Perello gave birth to their first childa boy, in Mallorca just over a fortnight ago and the Spaniard has remained on the sidelines, despite having returned to the training fields, giving his fans regular updates on social media.
There were doubts that he would play again this season, but Moya indicated that Nadal will use the Paris Masters to get some matches ahead of the season-ending ATP finals.
“Before you get to Turin, you have to play matches in Paris, which are similar,” Moya told IB3 TV.
“Rafa is competitive wherever he is and we go with hope and illusion”.
The Spaniard has struggled with various injuries this season due to a rib injury that saw him miss the start of the season on clay as his chronic foot problem stopped following the French Open before an abdominal injury put an end to his campaign at Wimbledon.
World number 2 Nadal was the first player to qualify for the Turin tournament as he booked his ticket after winning the Australian Open and French Open while also reaching the Wimbledon semi-final.
In fact, Tiafoe is the only player to beat Nadal in the Grand Slams this year, retiring from his last Wimbledon match against Nick Kyrgios due to injury.
The 36-year-old, however, has distinctive records in the Paris Masters and ATP Finals as both trophies are absent from his excellent track record. His best performance of him at Bercy was in 2007, when he finished second behind David Nalbandian on his Paris Masters debut while running second in the 2010 and 2013 ATP Finals.
The Spaniard has already confirmed this will be on tour in Latin America at the end of the ATP season, he will play exhibition matches against Casper Ruud in Argentina, Colombia, Ecuador, Brazil and Mexico.
The Paris Masters will start on October 31st while the ATP Finals will take place from November 13th to 20th in Turin.
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