Nadal has his eye on Qatar

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Rafael Nadal has plans to resume his tennis comeback in Doha. The Qatar Open has confirmed that he is among the participants who will tee off in the desert city.

“Doha, shake your feathers ready for ‘El Matador”s return,” the organizers shared on social media.

Nadal, who won the tournament in 2014, will be in action alongside other stars such as Andy Murray, Andrey Rublev and Daniil Medvedev.

The Spanish tennis star, who celebrates his 38th birthday this year, missed most of the major tournaments in 2023 after a hip injury and surgery kept him sidelined.

His initial return earlier in the month was cut short by yet another injury.

Nadal received medical treatment in the quarter-finals of the Brisbane International tournament. The winner of 22 Grand Slam titles then experienced discomfort in his left thigh and he later confirmed that he had suffered a very small tear in a muscle.

“In my last match in Brisbane I had a small muscle problem and I was obviously worried,” he shared on X, formerly known as Twitter.

According to Nadal, the injury definitely affected the quality of his game and he was forced to miss the Australian Open.