“I was close to that moment this year,” Rafael Nadal reveals how he was on the verge of retiring this year at the French Open, dismisses all further claims

22-time grand slam champion Rafael Nadal spoke about his retirement after Roger Federer retired from tennis after the Laver Cup.

Rafael Nadal
Rafael Nadal

Rafael Nadal revealed at the Laver Cup that he was about to retire from professional tennis at the French Open earlier this year. Playing alongside Roger Federer in his farewell match, Nadal got very emotional seeing his greatest rival and friend bid adieu to the sport. After the match, he spoke to Spanish media and answered questions about his retirement.

He affirmed that the moment hasn’t come yet but also revealed that he was very close to retiring after the French Open this year. At the French Open, Nadal was very badly suffering from his chronic foot injury and had to take injections in order to compete. He added that even after Roland Garros, injuries haven’t been away from him and he has been very unlucky throughout the year.

“I don’t know, I’m not at that moment yet. I was close to that moment this year, I’m not going to lie to you. During Roland Garros I thought it might be my last tournament, this is the reality. Although from there everything went very bad physically. I broke my abs twice, at Wimbledon and in New York. It’s been a series of major misfortunes, added to all these personal things,” Nadal said as quoted by Marca.

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Rafael Nadal confirms that retirement is not on his mind

Rafael Nadal
Rafael Nadal

Speaking further, Nadal said that currently, retirement isn’t on his mind. His priority now is just to get back to normality. He just wants everything to go well in his personal life, referring to the pregnancy complications his wife is going through. Having peace of mind in his personal and professional life is his utmost priority.

“But I’m not in that moment and I don’t want to think about that moment. Today, what I want is to get back to normality, for everything to go well with my personal life, which is the top priority, and then organize my life in the right way. Have peace of mind in my personal and professional life,” he added.

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Lakshya Chopra is an aspiring sports writer and enthusiast who covers tennis for FirstSportz. He is currently pursuing his B.Tech (Computer) degree from VIIT, Pune. He is the most passionate guy in the room when it comes to Sports. He is hugely inspired by Rafael Nadal.