Spaniard Rafael Nadal reiterated his assertion that 2024 may be the last year in his career, after he was absent from the field for a period of 8 months and underwent two surgeries to recover from an injury to his hip.
“I said that 2024 might be my last year, I repeat that, but I cannot confirm that 100 percent because I do not know,” the 37-year-old “El Matador” told Movistar on Monday.
Nadal, who has won 22 Grand Slam titles, announced last May that he would not participate in the French Roland Garros tournament, which he holds the title 14 times, due to the injury he suffered in his hip at the Australian Open earlier this year.
The Spaniard confirmed that he “would like to play again and be able to compete again.”
He continued, “My ambition is not to return to winning the Roland Garros championship or winning (in) Australia. People should not be surprised. All of this is far-fetched, and I am aware of the difficulties I face.”
He added, “I am well aware of the difficulties I face. One of them cannot be overcome, which is aging, and the other is physical problems.” “What makes me optimistic is playing again and being able to compete.”
Regarding the conflict that brought him together with Serbian Novak Djokovic, who holds the record for the number of titles in major tournaments (24), he said, “Did I hope to be the tennis player crowned with the largest number of major tournaments?” Without the slightest doubt (…) but this does not frustrate me,” stressing that he would not make this an “obsession.”
He added, “I think Novak is experiencing this in a more powerful way than I do,” believing that the “frustration” of not achieving it would have been greater for the Serbian.
When mentioning his compatriot, the rising talent Carlos Alcarras, whom many have presented as his heir, Nadal saw that he has “the potential for everything,” but “if I had to tell him one thing, it would be to continue improving.”
Within the framework of football, Nadal, the number one fan of Real Madrid, expressed that he would be happy to see French striker Kylian Mbappe wearing the royal team’s shirt, and that he was not “dissatisfied” with him, after he announced several times that he was coming to the capital, Madrid, without that happening, as he is still a player. In the French ranks of Paris Saint-Germain.
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