Nadal will not defend his title at Roland Garros, missing for the first time in 19 years

Update: 18.05.2023 16:38

Manacor (Spain) – Tennis player Rafael Nadal withdrew from Roland Garros due to a hip injury. The fourteen-time champion, who has not been absent from the Paris Grand Slam since his debut in 2005, announced this at today’s press conference at his tennis academy in Mallorca.

Nadal left the fate of the season open. He is not ending his career yet, but he assumes that 2024 will be his last. “I worked until the last moment. But it is impossible, for the first time in many years. At the moment I am unable to play Roland Garros. Considering what the tournament means to me, you can imagine how difficult it is. I have no intention of playing tennis again a few more months,” he said.

The 36-year-old Spaniard, who won a record 22 Grand Slam titles during his career, has an impressive record of 112 wins and only three defeats from 18 starts at Roland Garros. Last year he won the trophy on his favorite clay despite chronic foot problems.

This year’s season was ruined by health problems right at the beginning. He was knocked out in the second round at the Australian Open in January and has been recovering from an injury to his left hip ever since. He does not yet know how long he will be out of action, but he does not intend to end with the injury.

“You never know how things will turn out. But next year will probably be my last and I want to enjoy it,” he said, adding that he now wants to take his time and fully recover. He did not rule out that he will return only in September after the US Open.

Roland Garros starts on May 28. Since Nadal will not defend the 2,000 points from last year’s victory at the tournament, he will drop from 14th in the world rankings to around 120th. For the first time since March 24, 2003, he drops out of the top 100 of the ATP rankings.

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