Urgency: Tennis legend Rafael Nadal gives surprised clue on

Urgency: Tennis legend Rafael Nadal gives sad update on hopes of playing at 2024 French Open

Rafael Nadal of Spain in action during a training session at the Italian Open tennis tournament in Rome, Italy. 07th May, 2024

Rafael Nadal during a warm-up before the Italian Open

Rafael Nadal apparently finalized his travel arrangements in advance of the Paris Grand Slam, thus, it appears that he will play at the 2024 French Open.

Although he has not officially confirmed, it is highly anticipated that the tennis star would play at Roland Garros in what will probably be his final season.

Rafael Nadal, who has won the French Open an incredible 14 times, stated there are no promises he will participate the tournament prior to his presence at the Madrid Open last month.

The Spaniard declared, “I would not go on court if I arrived in Paris feeling like I feel today.” “I refuse to participate. I’ll play Roland Garros if I’m in the mood for competition. When I’m able to, I play. I’m not able to play if I can’t.

After losing 1-6, 3-6 to Hubert Hurkacz in the Italian Open second round last week, Rafael Nadal said he was still unsure about his decision but was leaning toward competing in Roland Garros.

The 37-year-old stated, “As you can imagine, I’m not sure what I’ve decided yet.” However, if I had to express how I’m feeling and if my thoughts were more focused in one direction than another, I would say to go to Roland Garros and give it my all.

“I have some physical problems, but probably not enough to prevent me from competing in the biggest tennis tournament of my career.

“Let’s check in and see how I’m feeling psychologically tomorrow, the day after tomorrow, and a week from now. If it seems difficult right now, I’m going to try to be there and fight for the things I’ve been fighting for the last fifteen years when I feel ready.

It appears that Rafael Nadal will participate in the clay-court Major, which takes place from May 26 to June 9, based on reports in the Spanish media.

It appears that the former world number one will train at his academy in Mallorca in the next few days, then fly to Paris the following week to be ready for Roland Garros.

In the 2022 French Open final, Nadal defeated Casper Ruud to win the most recent of his 22 Grand Slams and 92 ATP singles titles.

The Mallorcan, who turns 38 on June 3 at the French Open, has already revealed that 2024 will likely be his last year of competition.

He left the possibility of playing later this year open by declining to say that his defeat against Hurkacz in the Italian Open was his final encounter in Rome.

Nadal clarified, “I’m not sure if this will be my final performance here or not. Naturally, there are a lot greater odds that this will be the last one.

“But naturally, I’m not the type of guy who makes decisions during stressful or hot situations. Just attempt to give it some time, and then observe.

“I never promised that this would be my final visit to this place. I mentioned it in Madrid because it was true, but I’m not sure if it applies here. Most likely, it is 98%, but I won’t declare for sure until it isn’t.

“There are distinct feelings, a distinct narrative, and a distinct moment between this place and Madrid. I didn’t anticipate a ceremony. They will have time to plan something in the upcoming years if I retire.

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