Nadal will be in the Australian Open

Former world number one Rafael Nadal signaled his presence in Melbourne on Friday on Twitter, two weeks before the Australian Open he won in 2009 kicks off.

The 35-year-old Spaniard posted a photo of himself at the Australian Open with the caption: “Don’t tell anyone…here I am.”

The winner of 20 Grand Slam tournaments, Nadal tested positive for Covid-19 upon his return to Spain after the Abu Dhabi Expo, as did other players including Denis Shapovalov, Andrei Rublev, Belinda Bencic and Ons Jabeur.

Britain’s Emma Raducano, who won the US Open this year, tested positive ahead of the tournament.

His arrival will be a boost for the organizers of the first Grand Slam of the year, which will take place from January 17-30 in the absence of several stars from the global circuit.

Serena Williams, Roger Federer, Dominic Thiem, Jennifer Brady, Karolina Pliskova and Bianca Andreescu will miss the tournament due to injuries.

The presence of world number one Novak Djokovic, also winner of 20 major tournaments, remains the main question at the tournament.

The 34-year-old Serbian withdrew from the ATP Cup before the start of the competition, which raised doubts about his participation in the Australian Open, of which he is the title holder.

Djokovic, who holds the record for winning this tournament (nine), has so far refused to confirm whether he has been vaccinated against Covid-19, which is a required condition to participate in the tournament unless he has a medical exemption.

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