By Alban Conejero
The Spanish press claims that Rafael Nadal will announce Thursday at a press conference that he will not be present at Roland-Garros.
This is the news that the tennis world has been dreading for many weeks. A possible withdrawal of Rafael Nadal at Roland-Garros makes all his fans tremble and brand probably just put an end to the suspense. According to the Spanish media, the Mallorcan should announce this Thursday at a press conference (4:00 p.m.) from his academy, that he would not take part in the tournament he has won 14 times.
This made 18 consecutive participations in the tournament of his life, he who has participated in each edition of the Parisian Grand Slam since 2005. The series could then end there, after a fatal hip injury.
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The daily specifies that Nadal tried everything, in vain. Injured at the Australian Open, the Spaniard has not played since January in Melbourne, skipping the entire clay season until today. Since the start of 2023, “Rafa” has only played 4 games, for 3 defeats.
“No, Rafa is not thinking about retirement”
“I had a big injury in Australia (in January), at the psoas. I was initially supposed to be absent between six and eight weeks, but we are already heading towards the fourteenth (…) The situation is not what we had hoped for. We followed all the medical prescriptions, but for some unknown reason, the injury did not evolve as we had been told at the beginning and we ended up in a difficult situation.“, explained Nadal in a video posted on his social networks, on April 20.
“I believe he will be ready for Roland-Garros“, had however affirmed the uncle and former trainer of the tennis player Toni Nadal, on April 28. “No, Rafa is not thinking about retirement“, he had also ured.