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Rafael Nadal of Spain plays a shot in his quarter-final match against Jordan Thompson of Australia during the Brisbane International tournament. Image Credit: AP

Paris: Rafael Nadal was named on the entry list for next month’s Doha Open on Wednesday, prompting speculation that the injured Spaniard will make his return to action in Qatar.

After missing most of the 2023 season because of a hip injury, Nadal, 37, only got back on court this month in Brisbane, where he reached the quarter-finals.

But a micro tear in a muscle during that quarter-final defeat by Jordan Thompson forced him to withdraw from the Australian Open.

“Doha, get ready for the return of El Matador,” the Doha tournament said on Instagram.

“Thrilled to see Rafael Nadal back in action at the Qatar ExxonMobil Open 2024. Vamos!”

Nadal, who has said previously there was a “high percentage” that 2024 would be his farewell to the tour, won the Doha title in 2014 but has not played there since 2016.

This year’s tournament runs from February 19-24.