Big Rafael Nadal French Open update drops after Spaniard raised concerns in Rome

In Rome, Nadal indicated his French Open participation wasn't set in stone.

by Dzevad Mesic
Big Rafael Nadal French Open update drops after Spaniard raised concerns in Rome
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Rafael Nadal is set to go to Paris next week for a week of practice with the ultimate goal being competing at the French Open, a Spanish publication is reporting.

After being out of action for three months due to an injury sustained in Brisbane, Nadal was able to start his clay season in Barcelona and since then he has appeared in three tournaments. While Nadal managed to go 5-3 during that period, it was evident that he still wasn't where he would like to be. 

At this ongoing Rome Masters, Nadal survived a tight three-setter versus qualifier Zizou Bergs but then got ousted 1-6 3-6 by Hubert Hurkacz in his following match. Following the match, Nadal casted some doubts on his French Open participation but noted that he would do his best to play at Roland Garros.

Now four days later, Diario AS is reporting that Nadal feels fine physically after Rome and has decided to travel to Paris. And if everything goes fine, Nadal should play at the French Open for at least one last time. 

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What Nadal said after his Rome exit?

"The decision, as you can imagine, is not clear in my mind today. But if I have to say what's my feeling and if my mind is closer one way or the other way, I going to say be in Roland Garros and try my best," Nadal said after exiting Rome.

"Physically I have some issues, but not probably yet enough to say not playing in the most important event of my tennis career.

"Let's see what's going on, how I feel myself mentally tomorrow, after tomorrow, and in one week. If I feel ready, I going to try to be there and fight for the things that I have been fighting the last 15 years, if now seems impossible."

It remains to be seen how will Nadal's week of practice in Paris go.

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