Pam Shriver suggests it will be extremely difficult for Rafael Nadal to win another Grand Slam considering his most recent injury history. Nadal, 37, battled various injuries and setbacks over the last few years but this year has been the toughest.
After sustaining an injury to his psoas muscle at the Australian Open, Nadal suffered several setbacks in his recovery and it ended in the Spaniard undergoing surgery and ending his 2023 season. Nadal is targeting to return to action in 2024 and play his final season.
While 22-time Grand Slam champion Nadal is sidelined, Novak Djokovic improved to an all-time high 24 Majors. "If he wants to really wants to have the ultimate goal which is to add to his tally of Majors I just think it's really hard now with what his body has been through.
I do think the two out of three whether it's the Olympic games, there's certain things he could maybe try to manage and be respectable but I'm having a hard time seeing how this is going to go down," Shriver, who won 22 Grand Slam titles in doubles during her career, said on Tennis Channel's Inside-In podcast.
Nadal 'pretty convinced' 2024 will be his final chapter
When Nadal announced his plans to retire in 2024, some weren't fully convinced that would actually happen.
Some suggested that Nadal will continue his career if he returns healthy and competitive. In a recent interview, Nadal didn't close the doors on playing after the 2024 season. However, he also noted that he really expects 2024 to be his last year in pro tennis.
"Let's see. I think it's going to be my last year. I'm pretty convinced. Although, at the same time, at this point, at the end of September, I don't know. What can happen? If suddenly things are working very well, I feel fine physically, my head usually works.
If I feel competitive and enjoy what I do, why would I limit myself? I can't say 100%. What do I think my last year is going to be? I'm saying it, I think it's going to be my last year. What is it going to be 100%? I can't say for sure either because things can always happen and I don't want to say one thing 100% and then they say, you said such a thing, because I'm not 100% sure. Now, if I had to bet, I'd say it's my last year," Nadal told Diario AS.