The former world no. 1 Rafael Nadal has started practicing after recovering from a severe knee injury. Nadal has been out of the game since the last five months. He hasn’t participated in any tournament after being knocked out of the Wimbledon Championship from the second round. Nadal is likely to make his comeback by playing in Mubadala World Tennis Championship which is going to start from 27th of December at Abu Dhabi. Nadal has got a bye in the first round, so, he will start his campaign on 28th of December by playing in one of the semi final matches.
After having practice for almost one and half hour, Nadal told the reporters, “I hadn’t even picked up a tennis racket since the last few months. So, it was good to have a bit of practice today. I wasn’t hitting the ball that well in the practice session which is obvious after such a long layoff. I think the more I practice, the better I will start hitting the ball.”
When asked if he has got 100% fit now, Nadal replied, “Yes, I have regained complete fitness and it’s really a delightful feeling. The last couple of months have been pretty frustrating. I wanted to make a comeback as soon as possible, but, the doctors advised me not to get eager and wait for a few weeks more. Now, I have got a green signal from the medical team and that’s why I have started practicing.”
When asked which tournament he has been most disappointed to miss, Nadal said, “Missing the London Olympics was the most disappointing for me. I wanted to win Gold medal for my country, but, I couldn’t participate because of the injury. I was really gutted that day.”