Rafael Nadal has revealed his intention to play at the 2022 Australian Open, alerting fans through a cheeky post on social media.
The Spaniard shared a photo of himself standing on the Melbourne Park court Friday night to announce his arrival in Australia for the summer of tennis.
“Don’t tell anyone … here I am,” he tweeted along with an emoji of a person putting his finger to his mouth and winking.
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Despite being included in the entry list for the Open, until this point it had been a mystery whether the former world number one would contest his 21st Grand Slam title in Melbourne.
Diagnosed with COVID-19 less than two weeks ago, Nadal has not played competitive tennis since August.
The 35-year-old confirmed on social media that he tested positive for COVID-19, after arriving in Spain after an exhibition event in Abu Dhabi.
Finally seen in Australia, Nadal is expected to take part in the ATP 250 event in Melbourne before setting his sights on the Norman Brookes Trophy.
Compatriot Novak Djokovic’s heavyweight remains in doubt about his undisclosed vaccine status.
The Australian Open begins on January 17.
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