Former tennis world No. 1 Rafael Nadal will return at the Brisbane International warmup event for the Australian Open in January, the Spanish player said Friday.
The 22-time Grand Slam champion has not played a competitive match since bowing out in the second round of this year’s Australian Open when hampered by a hip flexor problem.
“After a year away from competition, it’s time to come back,” Nadal said in a video posted to social media.
“It will be in Brisbane, the first week of January. I’ll see you there.”
Nadal has previously expressed a desire to play one more French Open and represent Spain at the Paris Olympics next year before retiring at the end of his 23rd season on the tour.