25 May 2024, 18:04
Update : 25 May 2024, 18:26

Nadal says 'not 100pc certain' it is his final French Open

PARIS, May 25, 2024 (BSS/AFP) - Rafael Nadal said Saturday that it is likely 
he is appearing at the French Open for the final time but cautioned it was 
"not 100 per cent certain".

"There is a good chance that it will be my last French Open, but I cannot say 
that I am 100pc certain it will be the last," said the Spaniard.

Nadal, who has won the French Open 14 times and will celebrate his 38th 
birthday on June 3, faces world number four Alexander Zverev in the first 
round in Paris on Monday.

The Spanish legend has racked up 112 wins in 115 matches at the tournament 
since his title-winning 2005 debut when he was just 19.

He has 22 Grand Slam titles -- second only to Novak Djokovic's 24 on the all-
time men's list -- but his career has been plagued by injuries.

Nadal has played just four tournaments since January last year after 
suffering a hip injury and then a muscle tear.

As a result, his ranking has slumped to 276 in the world and comes into the 
French Open unseeded.

"I have gone through a long recovery process. Now I'm better than a month 
ago. So in a way I don't want to close the door 100pc," added Nadal. 

"I love tennis, I travel with my family and we are all happy."

Nadal had to sit out the 2023 French Open through injury.

The year before he won his 14th title but revealed that he could only play 
with daily pain-killing injections in his feet.

"Give me a little time and maybe within a month I'll say I'm stopping," he 

Nadal arrives in Paris having yet to make a clay-court quarter-final this 
season. In Rome, he was defeated in the second round.

"I feel competitive in training. Maybe not in an official match, but when I 
enter the court, I feel like I can beat anyone," he said.

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