Everyone is speculating about when Rafael Nadal will return to competition after being sidelined with a right wrist injury, which caused him to miss all of the North American summer hard-court season, including the US Open. Here are some updates from the Spanish- and Catalan-speaking press.
Puntodebreak reported yesterday (September 10th, 2014) that he will play an exhibition with Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in Kazakhstan on September 25th, which would seem to indicate that he’s on his way to Beijing for the China Open, which begins September 29th.
Terra Peru published an article two days ago saying that he’s training for the tournament in Beijing and Nadal says he hopes to play there. However, he also says that the doctors have told him to proceed with caution, because if he has a relapse of the injury, the recovery could be long, indeed.
There is video from iB3 of him training without a brace, but not hitting using the right hand on the two-hander. This is from his local television station and appeared on September 4th. The commentary and interview are in Catalan. It says that the training goes a bit slowly, but still states that he hopes to play in China.
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