Former World number one Rafa Nadal has returned to training in a bid to be fit in time for the Australian Open that begins in January.
The Spaniard who is now world number three, was forced to withdraw from the season-ending ATP Tour finals in London with appendicitis.
That was the last of a string of illness and injuries that blighted Nadal’s 2014 season.
Having returned to the training court following his successful laparoscopic appendectomy Nadal said: “The plan is simple, to get fit in December and start to compete in Abu Dhabi and Doha in order to reach the Australian Open in good shape. After that I will play in South America, Rio and Buenos Aires and then Indian Wells and Miami.”
If Nadal’s stunning return to competitive action after his lengthy layoff back in 2013 is anything to go by the Spanish 14-time grand slam champion and his many fans can look forward to a title-ladened 2015.
After spending seven months sidelines with recurring knee injury at the end of 2012 and beginning of 2013 Nadal returned to win two Grand Slams and picked up a total of ten titles in a year to remember for the 29-year-old.