Rafael Nadal wins golf tournament ahead of tennis comeback | Tennis | Sport

Rafael Nadal has taken home a different kind of victory as he prepares to make his comeback to the tennis court. The tennis legend is very fond of swinging a golf club and has taken part in the Balearic Mid-Amateur Golf Championship three times within the past four years.

This year, Nadal proved he was the best golfer on the course by scoring a total of 147 over two rounds, shooting just three over par. He beat the second-place player, Jaime Nicolau Olmos, by seven shots to win the men’s title. Ana Fernandez Ansorena grabbed the women’s crown.

In a chat with The Miami Herald back in 2012, Nadal talked about his soft spot for golf, saying: “I love the game of golf in general. I was watching all the afternoon the last round of the Arnold Palmer Invitational.

“Golf is great, because you are always in beautiful places when you are playing, and the risk for injury, as you know, is very small.” Nadal’s own tennis journey, however, has seen its share of injuries, and currently, he’s working his way back from another one.

The beloved tennis star made his return to the court in January after being hit by a hip problem during the 2023 Australian Open. The problem got worse at the Brisbane International, forcing him out of the first Grand Slam of the year for the second year in a row. Nadal also had to miss out on the Qatar Open in February.

Rafael Nadal has announced on his Instagram and X accounts that he’s delaying his return to tennis because he’s not fully fit yet. He wrote: “I would have loved to play in Doha, where the tournament team, as well as the amazing Qatar fans who have always supported me greatly.

“Unfortunately I am not ready to compete and I won’t be able to come to Doha where I really wanted to be and play again after that unforgettable win in 2014. I will focus on keep working to be ready for the exhibition in Las Vegas and the amazing Indian Wells tournament.”

On March 3rd, Nadal is set to play a special match against fellow Spaniard Carlos Alcaraz in Las Vegas, which will be shown live on Netflix. He said: “I am very excited to visit Las Vegas for the first time, one of the most iconic and fun cities in the world. And I am thrilled to play with Carlos Alcaraz.”

Nadal is also planning to play at the Indian Wells tournament, where he’s won three times before, for the first time since 2022. That year, he made it to the final during a 20-match winning streak to start the season, which ended when he played Taylor Fritz.

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