World No. 2 Rafael Nadal will begin his comeback from a wrist injury in October, according to his PR Agency B1PR. The Spaniard is expected to compete in the ATP World Tour 500 event in Beijing as well as the Masters 1000 event in Shanghai.
Nadal’s PR agency revealed the news on twitter:
@RafaelNadal will play Beijing and Shanghai. No high expectations but good news. Back to competition.
— B1PR (@b1pr) September 22, 2014
Things are looking good…. pic.twitter.com/pRLdhFSqfm
— B1PR (@b1pr) September 19, 2014
To further prepare himself for a return from the sidelines, Nadal will play an exhibition match against Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in Kazakhstan this coming Thursday.
The US Open markd the sixth Grand Slam event that Nadal has been forced to withdraw from during his storied career. He was also the first player not to defend his US Open title since Juan Martin del Potro withdrew from the 2010 Open with a wrist injury as well. The Spaniard lost a combined 6000 points for withdrawing from the 2 Masters events and the season’s final Grand Slam event and will be keen to hang onto his spot in the rankings.