Rafael Nadal withdraws from the French Open and sets retirement date
“The injury has not evolved as we expected,” admitted Nadal in a press conference. “I will not be at Roland Garros and I do not intend to continue playing in the coming months.
“It has been difficult for me to find consistency because of my condition. And that has transferred to my personal life, where I’m not happy with how it is affecting me day to day.
“I need to put a full stop to my tennis career for the moment. I am going to let my body recover and, when I feel ready, I will start again.
“It is my aim to try and play the Davis Cup and prepare for 2024, which will be the last year of my tennis career. I won’t play Roland Garros, I won’t play for a few months and if I come back, next year will be my last year.”
Nadal suffered a left hip flexor injury at the Australian Open in January
With the pain that the hip injury is currently causing, the Spaniard felt he wasn’t able to cope with the physical demands that the French Open brings.
2024 may turn into a goodbye tour for one of the greatest players of all time and he is keen to give himself the best chance to relish that ride.
“My goal and my ambition is to try and stop and give myself an opportunity to enjoy the next year that will probably be my last year on the professional tour,” he added.
“That is my idea but I can’t say 100 per cent it will be like this but my idea and my motivation is to try to enjoy and say goodbye to all the tournaments that have been important for me.
“To enjoy being competitive and something that today is not possible. I believe if I keep going now, I will not be able to make it happen.”
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