Rafael Nadal could say goodbye to tennis at the Roland Garros

What will happen now? There are increasingly insistent rumors about an ever closer retirement of the Spanish champion

by Lorenzo Ciotti
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Rafael Nadal could say goodbye to tennis at the Roland Garros

Many were waiting for his official decision and it has finally arrived. Rafael Nadal will miss one of the most important tournaments of the season. Rafael Nadal's start to the season was anything but positive. The Spanish champion, unlike what he did at the beginning of 2022, had numerous physical problems and is still struggling to recover.

It all started at the 2023 Australian Open with the tennis player who lost in the first rounds to the American Mackenzie McDonald, winner in four sets. Rafa did not retire on that occasion but on that occasion he suffered a heavy injury.

During the second set, Rafa suffered a physical problem and suffered a second-degree injury to the iliopsoas muscle of his left leg. Since then, Nadal has never returned to the court and many were waiting for the decision on the Montecarlo Masters 1000, the first major tournament on clay.

Well Rafa has decided, he won't be able to participate in the Monegasque tournament, a tournament that has given him many satisfactions during his career. Through a brief statement on social media, Nadal said: "Hello everyone, I'm not yet ready to compete at the highest level.

I won't be able to play in one of the most important tournaments of my career, the Monte Carlo tournament. I'm not yet in a position to play 100% and therefore I will continue my preparation journey. I hope to be back on the pitch soon."

Rafael Nadal could say goodbye to tennis at the Roland Garros

What will happen now? There are increasingly insistent rumors about an ever closer retirement of the Spanish champion.

Given his constant and continuous physical problems, added to his age and to a tennis that, despite having changed, needs considerable physical effort, it is increasingly probable that this 2023 will be Rafa's last year as a professional.

Not only. Rumors are coming from Spain about a possible farewell right at the Roland Garros 2023. It would certainly be a romantic epilogue to his extraordinary career. With 22 Grand Slam titles Rafael Nadal is one of the greatest legends of the sport.

The Spanish tennis player has achieved several successes but in the last phase of his career he was constantly grappling with physical problems. Rafa, therefore, was forced to miss Montecarlo and thus postponed his return to the court.

Bad news considering that the tennis player has to work a lot to better prepare for the Roland Garros 2023, his great goal of the season. Nadal and Djokovic are currently at 22 Grand Slams and the Serbian dreams of overtaking in Paris. Rafa absolutely wants to defend the Grand Slam issue and Paris clay is the best surface to try to compete.

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