Rafael Nadal withdrew from one of his most successful tournaments, the open frenchand announced Thursday that he has not yet recovered from a lingering hip injury suffered earlier this year.
the 36 year old professional tennis he also announced that the 2024 season would likely be his last on the ATP Tour.
The announcement was made during a press conference at his tennis academy in Spain on Thursday.
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Nadal did not offer a timetable for his return but said he could miss anywhere from one to four months, suggesting he may not return in time for Wimbledon in July.
«I’m not going to be able to play at Roland Garros. I’ve been working as much as I could every day for the last four months. [they] It’s been very difficult months because we weren’t able to find a solution to the problem he had in Australia.»
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Nadal has won the French Open a record 14 times and has a career record of 112-3 in 18 French Open appearances. He became the oldest champion in the tournament’s history when he won last year at age 36.
«I need to stop, I need to stop for a while,» Nadal continued. «I don’t know when I’ll be able to get back on the practice court. But I’m going to stop for a while, maybe two months, maybe a month and a half, maybe three months, maybe four.» months, I don’t know.»
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Nadal said the aim of this break is to allow his body to heal in time for next season, which he said will «probably be my last year on the professional tour.»
Nadal last played in the second round of the australian open on January 18 when he lost to Mackie McDonald. He suffered a hip injury that sidelined the former world No. 1 for several months, leading him to miss the clay-court opener of the season.
Associated Press contributed to this report.