Rafael Nadal's come back is getting closer and closer. In recent days, the Spanish tennis player has launched an encouraging message on social media aimed at all his fans who are anxiously awaiting his return to the field, whose last presence dates back to almost two months ago, when the journey to the Australian Open was abruptly interrupted with a sound 3-0 given to him by Mackenzie McDonald.
Since then very few statements, few clues left on social media. Concern in view of the imminent start of the European clay season, dated April 9, when the first major Masters 1000 event in Monte Carlo will take place, was spreading.
The 22-time Grand Slam champion reassured everyone by posting a photo of him training, obviously on clay. In the last few hours, the confirmation that many were waiting for has arrived, Nadal will be in Monte Carlo and Barcelona.
Even the director of the Monegasque tournament, David Massey, confirmed the news in a statement: "Rafa was the first player to register. He is looking forward to playing at the Monte-Carlo Masters and is giving himself every opportunity to participate in the tournament he loves."
Nadal will have stiff competition in Monte Carlo
Nadal obviously won't be the only big name featured this week.
There will also be Novak Djokovic, who was unable to play in Indian Wells due to the entry rules, only starting from May 11 he will be able to enter the United States freely, and, in all likelihood, will also miss the Miami Open.
Carlos Alcaraz will compete with him for the final title, who could already take back the first position in California. Among the favorites at the starting line will also be Stefanos Tsitsipas, reigning champion who will try to get his third success in Monte Carlo.
It will be essential for the Greek to overcome the shoulder problems that have conditioned his recent performances. The blue train will be led by Jannik Sinner, Lorenzo Musetti and Matteo Berrettini, who should have direct access to the main draw.