Five-time Grand Slam winner Sharapova hasn’t competed since withdrawing from the St. Petersburg Open last January with a shoulder injury, which required surgery three weeks later.
The 32-year-old will return to grasscourt action at the Mallorca Open next week in a dress rehearsal for the July 1 opening round at Wimbledon.
The Russian was catapulted into fame when she won the Wimbledon championship as a teenager 15 years ago.
Her pursuit of regaining arguably the most prestigious Grand Slam tournament in tennis in the English capital next month was buoyed, she said, by Nadal’s own injuries and subsequent victory in last week’s French Open.
“He is the ultimate fighter and an amazing example of what you can achieve if you have the will and the passion for what you do,” Sharapova said on Sunday.
“I’ve always admired the way he has fought through all the injuries he’s had and he’s the greatest example of that. The sport is so physical, especially the way he plays, but brings an optimistic perspective on his work that he can come back and be a champion. He is extremely motivated.”