Rafael Nadal says he does not want to be "a slave of his own words" and say with certainty that he will retire in 2024 but admits that there is a chance he will be able to play only half a year in 2024. Nadal, 37, announced in May his intention to walk away from pro tennis in 2024.
Last week, Nadal announced he would return to tennis in the first week of the 2024 season in Brisbane. Since then, Nadal has been sharing videos, in which he is addressing certain things regarding his upcoming comeback. In his latest video, Nadal addressed his revelation from May when he said that the 2024 season would likely be his final season on the Tour.
Nadal on if he is going to retire in 2024
"There are many chances that it will be my last year without any doubt. There are chances that it may only be half a year, there are possibilities that it may be a full year, there are possibilities that we may not be able to reach all that.
These are things that right now I do not have the capacity to be able to answer, this is the truth. I am only in conditions to say that I return to compete, that I continue having in my head that the normal thing is that, or that there are many possibilities that it is my last year, and I am going to enjoy the tournaments in that way.
I do not want to announce it because in the end, I do not know what can happen. And I have to give myself the opportunity not to say one thing and then I can be a slave of what I have said. I think it is going to be like that but I can’t be 100 percent sure.
Because in the end I have worked a lot to come back to compete and if suddenly things and my physique allows me to continue and I enjoy what I do, why am I going to set a deadline? I think it makes no sense," Nadal said in a video posted on his social media.
Judging by Nadal's words, it is clear that the Spaniard thinks the 2024 season will be his last season.
Mi última reflexión tras el anuncio… 📣
👉🏻 claro que he pensado que no tenía sentido (volver a competir)… que son muchos años…
👉🏻 He luchado y he mantenido la ilusión en todo momento
👉🏻 He tenido la gente adecuada a mi alrededor como siempre he tenido en toda mi carrera…… pic.twitter.com/xLnHMdZTqD — Rafa Nadal (@RafaelNadal) December 7, 2023
However, Nadal is refusing to make any definitive statements as he is leaving the door open to continue playing if his body and health hold up well when he returns.