Rafael Nadal will return after five months away from the competition as the first seed in the ATP 250 in Melbourne to be held between January 4 and 9 in the same facilities as the Australian Open.
The Spaniard, who decided not to contest the demanding ATP Cup to continue with his stipulated recovery plans, It will have as main rivals the American Reilly Opelka, the Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov and the South African Lloyd Harris, With whom he precisely fell in his last game in Washington before announcing his premature end of the season as a result of his left foot problems.
His only compatriot on the list of players who will directly access the men’s final draw will be Jaume Munar, also from Mallorca.
In the female, a much more open table dawns for the first week of 2022 with Grand Slam champions comor the Japanese Naomi Osaka (2), the Romanian Simona Halep (5) and the British Emma Raducanu. Nothing less.