Rafael Nadal is set to compete in the Monte Carlo Masters next month, his return to the circuit after suffering a hip injury.
The 22-time Grand Slam champion has not played since straining the iliopsoas in his left leg at the Australian Open in January. He had to drop out of the Indian Wells and Miami tournaments, both on hard courts and which correspond to the Masters 1000 Series.
The match in Monte Carlo, on clay, starts on April 8 and tournament director David Massey expressed optimism that the Spanish star will be able to play.
“Rafa was the first to register,” Massey said in a statement. “He really wants to play in the Monte Carlo Masters and he is doing everything possible to participate in a tournament that he is very fond of.”
Nadal has been consecrated 11 times champion in the principality, which constitutes a record. He also set an Open Era record by winning eight straight titles from 2005-2012.
The tournament has been the starting point of the preparation of Nadal, 36, for the French Open, whose next edition will be held between May 28 and June 11.
Nadal has won 14 of his Grand Slam crowns on the clay of Roland Garros. He did it last year despite chronic pain in his left foot.
In January, Nadal injured his psoas during a second-round match he lost to American Mackenzie McDonald at Melbourne Park. An MRI confirmed the severity of the injury.