Rafael Nadal reached Melbourne already on Thursday night, ten days before the start of the Australian Open. He is training for several hours a day, and next week he will play two exhibition events. The Spaniard will play Kooyong Classic, making his debut on Tuesday January 9 against the Frenchman Richard Gasquet, for the first time ever.
He will join a star-stunned field made up mainly of Novak Djokovic, Marin Cilic, David Goffin. On Wednesday evening on the Margaret Court Arena in Melbourne, the 16-time Grand Slam champion will play Tie Break Tens, which will feature also Djokovic, Stan Wawrinka and other five players.
‘Rafa was looking for match play and of course, we were more than happy to oblige’, Tournament director Peter Johnston said. ‘The addition of both Novak and Rafa changes our schedule and the way we will run the four days but that’s what Kooyong is all about, we are here to help the players get ready for the Open.’ Nadal has not been competing since mid-November when he lost to David Goffin in three sets at the ATP Finals.
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