Paris | Nadal to miss French Open, Wimbledon and US Open

The news all tennis fans, and more particularly, Rafa Nadal supporters, had been fearing most, has been confirmed by the Spaniard himself in Manacor at the Rafa Nadal Tennis Academy – he will not be playing at Roland Garros, Wimbledon or Flushing Meadows this year!

The evolution of the injury I sustained in Australia has not gone as I would have liked. I have lost goals along the way, and Roland Garros becomes impossible. Rafa Nadal

Nadal has had to admit to himself that the left flexor hip injury his body picked up in Melbourne during his second-round loss, will not fully recover for him to make a realistic bid for a 15th French Open title.

The former world No.1 and 22-time grand slam title holder also intimated that next year, 2024, could ‘probably’ be the last of his incredible career which began in 2001, if his body continued to break down.

“I’ll look to be 100% ready for next year, which I believe will be the last year of my professional career,” Nadal said in a press conference at his Academy.

The Spanish icon said he will take couple of months off to continue giving his body the time to fully recover which he hopes will be for the Davis Cup Finals.

“I’ll not establish a date for my return. I’ll see how my body responds and take it from there … if I can come back until the end of the year for the Davis Cup.”

“If I keep playing at this moment, I don’t think I can be there next year… to be able to play the tournaments that I want to say goodbye to those who have supported me.

“The evolution of the injury I sustained in Australia has not gone as I would have liked. I have lost goals along the way, and Roland Garros becomes impossible.

“At this moment, I won’t be able to be at Roland Garros. With what that tournament is for me, you can imagine how difficult it is.”

With Nadal’s injury and absence from the French Open, his place in the men’s draw will be taken by 2018 and 2019 finalist from Austria, Dominic Thiem.


The moment at the Australian Open when Rafael Nadal reflects on his hip injury

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It’s been a problematic few months for the 36-year-old following his defeat by Mackenzie McDonald in Melbourne, where his restricted movement first became evident with a hip injury being confirmed later.

The full extent of the injury was revealed the following day by an MRI scan but he was only expected to be away from the Tour for around two months, initially earmarking Monte Carlo and his favourite surface, for his return but was forced to miss that as well as Barcelona, Madrid and Rome citing his hip’s reluctance to fully heal to the level he requires for his physical game.

His absence in Paris will certainly be missed for he has become a fixture at the French Open where a statue has been erected to celebrate the unprecedented 14 titles he has won at Roland Garros. His record on that clay court is 112 victories with just three losses to Serbia’s Novak Djokovic in 2015 and 2021 and prior to that, Sweden’s Robin Soderling in 2009.

And on his 14th triumph last year, he became the oldest men’s champion in tournament history whilst suffering from a chronic pain in his foot!

“I played with no feeling in the foot, with a pain-killing injection in the nerve. The foot was asleep, and that’s why I was able to play,” he revealed at the time.

He dealt with that by having the nerves in that foot burnt to permanently ease the pain only to be hit with an abdominal problem when competing at Wimbledon a few weeks later which forced him to withdraw prior to the semi-final.

So, as injuries have become a problem over the last year it isn’t surprising to hear he might be doing a farewell tour in 2024!

For the record, Nadal stated:

“The first thing is I’m not going to be able to play in Roland Garros.

“I was even working as much as possible every single day for last four months, they have been very difficult months because we were not able to find a solution to the problems I have in Australia.

“Today I am still in a position where I am not able to feel myself ready to compete at the standards I need to be able to play Roland Garros.

“I am not the guy who will be at Roland Garros just to play.

“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 in the professional tour.

“That is my idea but I can’t say 100% 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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