I Aspire to Nothing Else

Rafael Nadal is setting low expectations for his fans as he prepares to make his return at the Brisbane International next year. The Spaniard has been out of action for a year due to a hip injury and is now ready to return to the ATP 250 event in Brisbane.

In a new video posted on social media, Nadal opened up about his injury and the decision to undergo surgery after numerous failed attempts to play through the pain. Despite admitting that the Brisbane draw looks difficult on paper, the 37-year-old is focused on being competitive once again.

“I have finally had good training weeks at a level that allows me the possibility to compete again. I have gone through many phases, but I today I think it’s time: I’m coming back in a tournament, a 250 tournament. I know it’s a difficult tournament but I hope to be ready to compete. I don’t aspire to anything else — to be competitive,” Nadal said.

He also expressed his doubts during the recovery process but is now ready to take on the very best in the business with renewed vigor. Nadal will use a Protected Ranking to enter the Australian Open after the Brisbane tournament.

Overall, Nadal is not setting high expectations for his return and is primarily focused on being competitive on the court once again.