Rafael Nadal's coach gets very honest on Spaniard's chances of playing beyond 2024

In May, Nadal said he would like to return healthy for his final season in 2024.

by Dzevad Mesic
Rafael Nadal's coach gets very honest on Spaniard's chances of playing beyond 2024
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Coach Carlos Moya highlighted there are "many unknowns" regarding Rafael Nadal's upcoming comeback but also indicated that the Spaniard could definitely continue playing beyond 2024 if his health and results go well next year.

Just before undergoing hip surgery in early June, Nadal announced his goal was to get back to being healthy and return for one final season in 2024. Nadal, 37, has since managed to recover and he is slated to make his comeback at the Brisbane International, which starts on December 31st.

"It is what I say: to leave a sport that you have done your whole life, that hooks for that special adrenaline, is very complicated. He doesn't want to close the door. If everything goes well, and endures, why not continue? If you enjoy, you have a good time and it is what you like to do, why not? But there are too many unknowns right now to say where we are going to be within a year.

It can go from everything," Moya told ATP Tour Espanol.

Nadal: I don't want to be a slave of what I said

For months, fans have been wondering what if Nadal stays healthy throughout 2024 and makes a very successful return.

After announcing Brisbane as his comeback tournament, Nadal addressed the matter. "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," Nadal said in one of the videos he uploaded after announcing his return.

In his message, Nadal also said he "does not want to be a slave of what I said." "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.

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