Rafael Nadal returns in Vina del Mar
By Tom Nash, Special for Tennis Grandstand
On the clay courts of Vina del Mar in Chile, Rafael will reacquaint himself with the world. His absence from tennis has been enforced due to injury for 222 days, and the comeback has been long, delayed and agonising.
There is trepidation, of course there is. Even the most disinterested people would rightly assume that coming back from such a long injury lay-off isn’t going to be easy. The most disinterested people would leave it there, shrug and go back to pretending to be cool about everything, wearing skinny jeans, buying expensive coffees and pretending not to like popular things – yes even the hipsters can understand the basic difficulties of re-engaging in professional sports after so long. The hipsters would probably stop reading after the first two sentences – there’s already too much information held within that first paragraph, and that carries the inherent risk of learning something, which is, ...