Spanish Tennis Star Rafael Nadal Will Likely Retire in 2024

Rafael Nadal withdrew his name from the French Open on Thursday because of persistent hip injury that has caused him to stay out from the competition since Australian Open in January this year.

Legendary Tennis player Rafael Nadal announced on Thursday that he will not be competing in French Open which is scheduled to start on 28th May. This will be the first time in 19 years that Rafael will not be the part of “Roland Garros” due to left hip flexor injury. “I didn’t make the decision, my body made the decision”, Competing in Roland Garros will be very tough, the 36-year-old Spanish player said. Nadal also said he wants to give himself more time off in order to make proper comeback in 2024 season.

Nadal won the first French Open Title in his debut match as a teenager in 2005. Since then, he has won 14 titles in 18 years. His record in Roland Garros has been so astonishing as no other player has won as many singles titles at one major tournament as Rafael Nadal. He held the “world number one” title for 209 weeks, which is the sixth-longest period in ATP history.

Rafael Nadal shares the record of 22 Grand Slams singles crowns with Serbian player Novack Djokovic. Novack equaled the tally of 22 Grand Slam titles with Rafael Nadal after winning the Australian Open trophy for the 10th time in January this year. This will be the best opportunity for 35-year-old Djokovic to break this tie in Paris as Nadal will not be the face of the upcoming French Open. Rafael Nadal got the title of world No. 1 for the first time in 2008 after beating Roger Federer in the historic Wimbledon Open final.

Two-time gold medalist Nadal said “he hopes to take part in the Paris Olympic tennis competition” which is scheduled for next year in Paris. Roland Garros will host this Olympic tennis competition. He has ended the year, 2022 as world No.2 behind compatriot tennis player Carlos Alcaraz.

This hip flexor injury is not the only one that has affected his career, but there has been a string of injuries that have plagued his career many times. This includes a 2016 wrist injury, wrist injury and appendix surgery in 2014, a 2021- foot injury, abdominal tear and broken rib in 2022, etc. It is very distressing to hear him say no perfect solution has yet been found to his hip problem and he will stop playing for some time.

It can’t be predicted right now how many months it will take in his recovery but his fans all around the world are praying for his early recovery as they want to see him again on the tennis court.

Amelie Mauresmo, Tournament director of Roland-Garros said “We will miss Rafael Nadal in this upcoming French Open, as his destiny is closely linked with that of Roland -Garros”. For his fans all around the world, this is heart-breaking news and they can only wish to see him back on the court very soon.
Rafael Nadal has had a remarkable career to date despite facing a lot of hurdles throughout the time. His 20-year-old long journey has astonished his fans of tennis around the world. In all these years he has witnessed numerous triumphs and achievements. He was also the youngest in the open era to complete the career slam and the first man to win three major surfaces in the same year.

His versatility and dominance in the world of tennis are well-known around the world. He is popularly known as “King of Clay” due to his 81 consecutive wins on clay which is also considered as the longest single-surface win streak in the open era. So, his career has been very captivating. Fans of tennis and other sports around the world are praying for his early comeback.

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