Tournament chief Craig Tiley has said that 22-time Grand Slam champion Rafael Nadal will make his return to Grand Slam tennis at the 2024 Australian Open following hip surgery
The 37-year-old has been out of action since January and underwent surgery in June and has said he plans to retire at the end of the 2024 season.
“We can reveal exclusively here that Rafa will be back,” Tiley said.
“He’s been off for most of the year and in talking to him over the last few days he confirmed he will be back, which we’re really excited about, the champion of 2022. That’s awesome.”
According to Tiley, former women’s champions Naomi Osaka, Angelique Kerber and Caroline Wozniacki also plan to return after maternity breaks