Shocking news for the tennis world. Following Roger Federer (Switzerland) last year, Rafael Nadal (Spain) announced his retirement.
On May 18 (local time), Nadal held a press conference at his Rafa Nadal Academy and officially announced his absence from the French Open, which he has won 14 times. He also announced his intention to retire from active play at the end of the 2024 season. Two of the Big 3 leaving us.
Nadal, who left the tour after a left hip injury at the Australian Open in January and devoted himself to treatment for about four months, recently released a video of his practice on the clay court on social media and thought he was recovering smoothly, but he skipped the European clay season, raising concerns. . This year, we will finish the clay season without ever seeing the ‘clay god’ Nadal play.
I can’t imagine not seeing Rafael Nadal at Roland Garros. Nadal has never been absent since his first appearance in 2005, when he won.
Nadal left a phenomenal record of 112 wins and 3 losses at Roland Garros. He won his 14th championship last year by playing painkillers directly on the nerves in his left foot, which was suffering from chronic pain.
As a result, after Roland Garros, Nadal lost 2,000 points last year and was pushed out of the top 100.
Nadal said in this interview, “Of course, I myself did not want to miss the French Open, but I listened to the voice of my body and made a decision. I am not ready for the match.” “I’m not going to play tennis for the next few months. My decision is to stop playing for a while. I’m leaving the tour for a month and a half, maybe four months. I don’t know when I’ll be back at the moment. My goal is taking a break now to enjoy the next season.” 메이저사이트
Then Nadal made an even more shocking statement.
“Probably 2024 will be the last year of my career.” Because of repeated injuries, he said goodbye to his active career at the end of the next season. “Of course (2024) is still a long way off, so I don’t know what will actually happen, but I want to play in 2024, which will be the last year of my career.
Lastly, Nadal also revealed that he aims to return to the Davis Cup.
was born on June 3, 1986. He started playing tennis at the age of 4 and turned professional in 2001. Starting with the French Open, which he won in 2005, he has won 22 Grand Slams in his career. Achieved the Career Grand Slam at the 2010 US Open. Gold medal at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. 185 cm 85 kg. 36 years old.