Fans speculate about Nadal’s retirement before French Open announcement | Tennis News

Rafael Nadal should confirm if he will defend his French Open title later on Thursday, but his fans were keeping their fingers crossed the Spanish great wasn’t about to announce his impending retirement either.
The 36 year old man Nadal has not competed since January after injuring his hip at the Australian Open and is expected to confirm whether he will skip the French Open, a tournament he has won a record 14 times.
Nadal, who dominated the clay-court season for years, has competed at Roland Garros every year since winning the first of his 22 major titles in Paris in 2005. He overcame a foot injury to beat Casper Ruud in last year’s final.
But he struggled with his last issue and missed events at indian goodsMiami, Monte Carlo, Barcelona, ​​Madrid and the Italian Open this week.
He left fans less than optimistic about his fitness after a recent YouTube video showed the struggling Spaniard dropping out of a training session early.
On the YouTube page that will air Nadal’s press conference later Thursday, fans posted tearful emojis and speculated about his retirement announcement.
“Don’t do it,” read one comment, while another said, “Tennis won’t be the same without Rafa.”
Nadal’s 14 French Open titles are the most won by any player in a single major tournament. He boasts a stunning 112-3 record in Paris and is widely regarded as the ‘king of clay’.
The French Open starts on May 28.


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