Rafael Nadal offers latest injury update after Richard Gasquet defeat


It's great to get the feeling once again of playing a match.

Rafael Nadal insists he "will be ready" for the Australian Open and that his knee "is fine" despite losing an exhibition match against Richard Gasquet.

He trained at Melbourne Park on Friday and Saturday before he was confirmed to feature at the event in Melbourne's inner-east.

"It's not an official match but still a test for me and good practice, that's the most important thing, that's the most important thing for the whole season", the 31-year-old Spaniard said, reaffirming his need to keep practising hard to be prepared for the Australian Open.

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"Rafa was looking for match play and of course we were more than happy to oblige", Kooyong Classic tournament director Peter Johnston said on Sunday.

"And of course, in our 30th anniversary edition, it will be incredible to have two of the all-time greats on the famous Kooyong centre court, and that's before we even mention the other names in the top ten we have this year".

Former Australian Open champion Stan Wawrinka says he's ready for this year's tournament, which begins next Monday, after being sidelined from competitive tennis for six months.

The world No. 1 has never lost to the Frenchman in 15 ATP Tour meetings but found himself on the wrong end of a 6-4 7-5 scoreline at the Kooyang Classic.

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He downplayed any concerns about his knee, saying, "If I'm not feeling good, probably I will not be here".

The women's draw, now into a second season after being introduced in 2017, includes new Hopman Cup champion Belinda Bencic of Switzerland, German Andrea Petkovic, Aussie teen Destanee Aiava and young Chinese star Wang Xinyu.

Germany's world No. 3 and 2014 Australian Open champion Sabine Ellerbrock will be one of three former champions who will contest the women's singles, alongside 2013 champion Aniek van Kook of the Netherlands and Japan's world No. 1 Yui Kamiji, who emerged triumphant previous year.

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