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Will Rafael Nadal play in Madrid despite traveling there?
Rafael Nadal, a four-time Caja Magica champion, has not yet declared his attendance for the fourth Masters 1000 competition of the year. Rafa will come to Madrid to complete his obligations to the main sponsor, and we should anticipate hearing from him in around five days about whether or not to compete.
Monday in Barcelona saw visits from Rafa, his coach Carlos Moya, his physio Rafel Maymo, and his agent Carlos Costa. We are still awaiting press releases from them to learn whether Rafa will play for Madrid.
According to certain accounts, Nadal works out at home in Mallorca without any injuries, but only he knows if that’s enough to compete in Caja Magica. Following a serious injury, Rafa will take his time returning to the court in order to compete at his highest level.
A 22-time Major champion who missed six competitions after suffering a left hip injury at the Australian Open hasn’t played since January.
Rafael Nadal hasn’t made up his mind about competing in the Madrid Masters.
Following a foot injury at the beginning of 2022, Nadal had a spectacular comeback, winning the Australian Open and adding his 22nd Major title in June in Paris.
Despite continuing foot pain, Nadal persevered through all the effort and won his 14th Roland Garros title owing to injections. The Spaniard advanced to the Wimbledon semifinal and was vying for his third straight Major victory until he withdrew due to an abdominal tear of seven millimeters.
By the conclusion of the year, Nadal had only played nine matches and had lost four straight matches for the first time since 2009! In 2023, the Spaniard was unable to start over. Rafa entered the Australian Open without both confidence and rhythm after losing both United Cup matches after being up a set.
The Spaniard’s left hip injury in the second round against Mackenzie McDonald made matters worse. Rafa suffered his first Major loss since 2016 when Mackenzie defeated him in straight sets. In February, the Spaniard was forced to skip Doha and Dubai, and it was obvious that the recuperation process would take longer.
After losing 600 points in the desert final of last year and sliding out of the top 10 after nearly 18 years, Nadal chose not to visit Indian Wells and Miami in the United States. Like a year ago, Rafa was forced to skip his beloved Barcelona and Monte Carlo while he toiled away to prepare for Madrid or Rome.
Roland Garros is Nadal‘s ultimate objective for 2023, and he wants to arrive in Paris in the greatest condition possible.