Rafael Nadal (37, Spain, world No. 14), who won the singles at the 2022 Roland Garros French Open, lifted the Roland Garros championship cup for the 14th time in his career. The ‘Age of the Earth Gods’ did not end, and on the other hand, it was regarded as ‘immortal’.
However, a year later, he gave up participating in the Roland Garros French Open, which was no different from his stage. Nadal held a press conference at the Rafael Nadal Academy in Mallorca, Spain on the 18th (Korean time).
At this meeting, he said, “Given my current state, I can’t compete at Roland Garros. It’s very difficult when I think about what this tournament means to me.”
Nadal was eliminated in the second round of the Australian Open in January. After this tournament, he has not been able to shake off his injury and is still unable to stand on the court. Since the second half of last year, Nadal’s body has rarely been free of pain, including his hip muscles and back, as well as chronic foot injuries.메이저사이트
He said, “The recovery from the injury sustained at the Australian Open was slower than expected. There were some goals that were not achieved because of this.”
Nadal’s participation in the French Open as well as the remaining Wimbledon and US Open is uncertain. “Maybe a month and a half, maybe two months, maybe three or four months,” he confessed.
Although the prospects for this season were bleak, Nadal was determined not to give up. He predicted, “Next year, I will definitely return after completing 100%. 2024 will be my last year as a tennis player.”
Considering Nadal’s answers on the day, there is a high possibility that next year’s French Open will be the stage for his retirement. Nadal revealed his will to stand on the court, saying, “I want to meet fans at various competitions next year.”