The Spaniard Rafael Nadal announced on Thursday that he will not participate in the next edition of Roland-Garros, which will be played from May 22 to June 11, and that “next year” would be the last of his career.
“The injury I suffered in Australia has not evolved as we wanted, so I will not be able to be there at Roland-Garros”, indicated Nadal, fourteen times champion of Roland-Garros, during a conference release in Majorca.
In addition, he added, “next year will probably be the last year” of his career.
“Everything has a beginning and an end. I am just one more person among all these sportsmen, actors, artists, among all these people who have excelled in a field and who have come to the end,” he said.
Next year, a “stage will end, during which I think we have been very happy, we have experienced many moments that we would never have imagined. Another stage will begin, but it will not necessarily be less happy,” Rafa noted.
Nadal (36), who suffers from a left hip injury that has plagued him since January, has won 22 Grand Slams.
Because since his first coronation on Parisian clay in 2005, Nadal has accumulated 112 victories and has only known three defeats (in 2009, 2015 and 2021), plus a package during the tournament in 2016.