Rafael Nadal to play in Rio Open

Updated: 15 February 2014 09:46 IST

Rafael Nadal had been sidelined since his loss to Stanislas Wawrinka in the final of the Australian Open last month.

Rafael Nadal to play in Rio Open

Rio de Janeiro:

World No.1 Rafael Nadal has confirmed he will play in next week's Rio Open after recovering from a back injury.

The 27-year-old winner of 13 Grand Slam titles had been sidelined since his loss to Stanislas Wawrinka in the final of the Australian Open last month, reports Xinhua.

"I have a good feeling about competing in Brazil," Nadal said during a press conference Friday.

"I have a great connection with the fans here. This country is very special and I hope to enjoy the experience."

Nadal will play his first match at the inaugural ATP tour event Wednesday against a yet-to-be-determined opponent.

"We'll have to see how it goes. I hope I can tolerate it," the Spaniard said referring to his back injury.

Topics : Tennis
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