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Rafael Nadal to play in Brisbane ahead of Australian Open

Spaniard Rafael Nadal first played in Brisbane last year and went on to reach the final of the Australian Open against Roger Federer.

tennis Updated: Jun 30, 2018 13:38 IST
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Spanish tennis player Rafael Nadal will prepare for the Australian Open by playing in Brisbane.(AP)

World number one Rafael Nadal will launch his 2019 Australian campaign at the Brisbane International in January, organisers said on Saturday.

The Spaniard first played the tournament last year and went on to reach the final of the Australian Open against Roger Federer.

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“I am really looking forward to starting another season in Brisbane. I’m so excited to be coming back in 2019,” Nadal said. “The field is always strong and the venue is amazing.”

The Spaniard this month won an 11th French Open for his 17th Grand Slam title.

The Brisbane International is held from December 30 to January 6.

First Published: Jun 30, 2018 12:35 IST