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Rafael Nadal to play in Brisbane International 2017 (+Video)

That’s the dream “team change’’ for the Brisbane International, with 14-time Grand Slam title winner Rafael Nadal agreeing to play for the first time at the Queensland Tennis Centre in January.

Nadal was the only truly modern-day great yet to play the Brisbane International since its inception in 2009.

The 30-year-old Spaniard is the best possible man to follow in the footsteps of Roger Federer, who had played three Brisbane Internationals from 2014-16 before electing to instead play Perth’s Hopman Cup next summer.

Incoming Brisbane tournament director Geoff Quinlan said Nadal’s entry would provide a thrill for sports fans who had not previously seen his muscular baseline style live.

“His special brand of retrieving and resilience in rallies is something our spectators will appreciate and it is a long awaited chance for Queensland fans to see one of the greats of the sport,’’ Quinlan said.

Tennis Australia director of major events Cameron Pearson is in New York to speak to other prospective top-10 men and women in the lead-up to the US Open next week.

Nadal is breaking the habit of almost a lifetime by choosing not to start his year at the ATP Doha tournament, which he played in seven of the past eight seasons, winning in 2014.

On a visit to Brisbane in 2014, Nadal’s uncle Toni Nadal said the player he started coaching at the age of four should closely look at the Brisbane International to launch a future Australian Open campaign.

“Cameron Pearson has kept in close touch over the years, letting Rafa’s people know how welcome he’d be in Brisbane and how much of a thrill it will be for us to have him play here,’’ Quinlan said.

“Rafa knows how much of a feel Australian tennis spectators have for the game and its history. In return, he has a great, humble relationship with the fans in Australia.’’

Nadal is ranked fifth after losing almost three months of his 2016 season to a wrist injury which forced him to retire during the French Open and to bypass Wimbledon.

His Brisbane fans will be nervous to see his steady results in two comeback tournaments this month continue through the rest of the year.

Nadal was a semi-finalist at the Rio Olympics, at which he won a doubles gold medal with Marc Lopez, and lost to Borna Coric in the third round at Cincinnati, his last remaining event before next week’s US Open.

Nadal said last week that his wrist is “still the same’’ but insisted further rest was not thought to be the key to its improvement.

“The wrist needs to adapt again to the game; needs to adapt again to hit the ball,” he said.

The Spanish left-hander trails only Federer for most male Grand Slam singles titles and like Federer and Novak Djokovic, his other great career rival, has won all four major titles.

Tickets for the January 1-8 Brisbane International will go on sale to the public in early October.

Obvious top-10 recruiting targets include two men who played the 2016 Brisbane International — champion Milos Raonic and Marin Cilic, who last week won his first ATP Masters tournament in Cincinnati, beating Andy Murray in the final.



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14-кратный победитель турниров Большого шлема, Рафаэль Надаль согласился сыграть в первый раз в Квинслендском тенниснном центре в январе.

30-летний испанец является лучшим человеком, чтобы следовать по стопам Роджера Федерера, который играл в трех турнирах Brisbane International с 2014 по 2016 год. В следующем году Роджер решил сыграть в Hopman Cup.

Директор турнира в Брисбене Джефф Квинлан сказал, что участие Надаля обеспечит острые ощущения любителям спорта, которые раньше не видели его атлетический стиль игры.

“Наши зрители по достоинству оценят его игру и это долгожданный шанс для любителей Квинсленда, чтобы увидеть одного из великих спортменов’, - сказал Квинлан.

Надаль нарушает свою традицию начинать теннисный год на турнире в Дохе, где он сыграл в семи из последних восьми сезонов, выиграв в 2014 году.

В время визита в Брисбен в 2014 году, Тони Надаль заявил, что они должны внимательно присмотреться к турниру Brisbane International, в рамках подготовки к предстоящему Открытому чемпионату Австралии.

Билеты на турнир Brisbane International, который пройдё с 1-8 января, поступят в продажу в начале октября.

Перевод: Tanika Molvi

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