Rafael Nadal leaves (again) doubt over his participation at Roland-Garros, and his probable end of his career

Rafael Nadal leaves (again) doubt over his participation at Roland-Garros, and his probable end of his career

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Published 21 minutes ago, Updated 11 minutes ago

Rafael Nadal casts doubt on his participation at Porte d’Auteuil. Guglielmo Mangiapane / REUTERS

In an interview with Stade 2, Rafael Nadal says he only wants to participate in the Roland-Garros tournament if he feels competitive.

Swept by Hubert Hurkacz last Saturday in the second round of the Masters 1000 in Rome, Rafael Nadal is still evasive about his participation at Roland-Garros, from May 27 to June 9. Winner fourteen times on Parisian clay, the Manacor bull does not just want to appear there. “I don’t want to arrive at Roland Garros without having the ability to really fight. Being competitive doesn’t necessarily mean winning the tournament, but it means that I go there thinking I’m capable of doing it, but above all of fighting 100%.”he explained during an interview with France Televisions.

With this in mind, the Spaniard does not reject the hypothesis of having to give up a probable final participation: “If there’s a 0.01% chance for me, then I want to give it a shot, I want to try. If there is really no chance, I prefer to keep my wonderful memories.”

I knew that this could be my last season, without necessarily saying it out loud. My body reacted less well than I imagined.

Rafael Nadal, at France Télévisions

The suspense is therefore still at its height two weeks before the opening of the Grand Slam. Especially since Nadal is not reassuring on the court. In addition to this defeat against Hurkacz in the second round in Rome, Nadal only played three tournaments on clay (Barcelona, ​​Madrid, Rome) and showed physical limitations, where he previously excelled to win the 22 Grand Slams. of her career. “I knew that this could be my last season, without necessarily saying it out loud. My body reacted less well than I imagined, especially at the beginning of the year, but it has been better since then.he explains.

If doubt remains about a potential participation, and about the twilight of his career, Rafael Nadal has a double opportunity to say goodbye to the Parisian public, during the Paris Olympic Games, from July 26 to August 13. “I want to be there, he proclaimed. It’s special, these are sensations that we only find during the Olympic fortnight. It’s the very essence of sport, and what’s more, this year, it’s taking place in Paris (Editor’s note: on the Roland-Garros website)the most important city of my career.”


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