Former world number one Rafael Nadal expressed a tempered outlook, stating that he harbours no specific expectations for himself ahead of his return to the tennis courts next month,
The 37-year-old, who has been recovering from a hip injury since January, is gearing up for the Brisbane tournament as a prelude to the Australian Open in Melbourne. Nadal, currently ranked 663rd globally, aims to enjoy his time on the court during his final year before an anticipated retirement.
In a social media video, the 22-time Grand Slam winner conveyed his readiness and expressed trust in a positive outcome.
He emphasised his intention not to impose the same rigorous demands on himself as he has throughout his illustrious career.
Nadal, who recently slid in the rankings, falling behind Novak Djokovic in Grand Slam victories, is determined to reclaim his competitive edge at the Australian Open, eyeing a triumphant return to the French Open, a tournament he has clinched a record 14 times.
As he anticipates a busy final season, encompassing Grand Slam events and the Olympic Games, where he secured singles gold in Beijing 2008 and doubles gold in Rio 2016, Nadal acknowledged being in uncharted territory.
Reflecting on his career, he revealed a shift in mindset, aspiring to refrain from placing excessive demands on himself and recognising the inevitable challenges that lie ahead.