Jo-Wilfried Tsonga has very interesting perspective on Rafael Nadal future fears

Tsonga asked about the fears and concerns regarding Nadal's future after the Spaniard's Monte Carlo withdrawal.

by Dzevad Mesic
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga has very interesting perspective on Rafael Nadal future fears
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Jo-Wilfried Tsonga is pumping the brakes on all the concerns regarding Rafael Nadal's future as the former French tennis star highlights the Spaniard has already achieved everything possible and has made a great life for himself, therefore even the worst-case comeback scenario won't be the end of the world for the 37-year-old. 

After being forced to miss the Masters events in Indian Wells and Miami due to a micro tear on a hip muscle, Nadal also announced on Thursday that he would not be ready to start his clay season in Monte Carlo. It was yet another disappointing setback for Nadal, whose farewell 2024 season hasn't been going well at all. 

Considering that in January Nadal said he was dealing with "a micro tear" and that he was hoping to play again in February, the recent developments led to some fearing if the 37-year-old would be able to play again as all of this is starting to resemble the Spaniard's situation from 2023. 

Tsonga, the 2008 Australian Open runner-up, acknowledges Nadal's current situation may not be the best but he is looking at all of that from a different and more positive perspective.

“He has nothing left to prove, he is an Olympic champion, he has won the four Grand Slams, the Davis Cup, he was world No. 1, he plays golf, he has a beautiful life, a nice family, everything is fine! (Smile). Today it’s just between him and himself," Tsonga told L'Equipe.

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Rafael Nadal
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Rafael Nadal © Getty Images Sport - Julian Finney

Nadal's body is giving him a rough time again

After sustaining a serious hip injury at the 2023 Australian Open and undergoing surgery and missing the entire last season, Nadal entered his 2024 comeback season with the hopes of staying healthy and avoiding major injuries. In his first two comeback matches in Brisbane, Nadal looked outstanding and claimed straight-set wins but then his woes returned as he sustained an injury during a quarterfinal defeat to Jordan Thompson. 

In a statement released just before the Australian Open, Nadal kept a positive spirit as he indicated that it wasn't a really serious injury but that playing five-set matches at Melbourne Park could be too much. 

But then, Nadal didn't manage to play Doha in late February and he is now also set to miss all three opening Masters tournaments of the year. 

When announcing his Monte Carlo withdrawal, the 37-year-old used some pretty painful comments such as "my body isn't allowing me" and "these are very difficult moments for me."

"Hi all, these are very difficult moments for me, sporting-wise. Unfortunately I have to tell you that I am not going to be playing in Monte Carlo. My body simply won’t allow me," Nadal announced on Thursday.

"And even if I am working hard & making the maximum effort every day with all the will to play and compete again at tournaments that have been very important for me, the truth is that I can’t play today. You have no idea how hard this is for me to not be able to play these events.

"The only thing I can do is to accept the situation and try to look at the immediate future keeping the excitement and will to play in order to give me a chance for things to get better.

"Thanks again to all, as always, for all the support and best wishes!"

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Toni Nadal on his nephew's Monte Carlo withdrawal and next plans 

When asked about Spanish media to address Nadal's Monte Carlo withdrawal, Uncle Toni indicated that his nephew wasn't 100 percent ready to play again and that's the main reason behind his decision.

“Either you go [to a tournament] one hundred percent or better not participate,” Uncle Toni told the EFE news agency.

On his schedule, Nadal still has the Barcelona Open and Madrid Masters. The Barcelona event is starting on April 15th and many are now curious to see if Nadal will be able to play there. 

Addressing that, Uncle Toni says he is not sure about his nephew's plans for Barcelona and Madrid but admitted he would like to see him play as getting as much as possible action before the French Open is really important. 

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“I don’t know what he will do regarding Barcelona and Madrid. I haven’t been in his sports environment for years. When we see each other I ask him how it’s going, but I don’t ask him about his plans,” Toni Nadal said.

“I hope he can play because it is necessary to have a good Roland Garros. A few days ago I saw him and asked him. He told me that it was not going well and I told him the same thing as always: ‘Let’s not complain, it has gone very well for us’ because we thought that his career would end in 2011 or 2012.”

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