Rafael Nadal‘s press conference in which he withdrew from the Roland Garros 2023 and also from the rest of the 2023 season due to his injury is all that everyone can talk about. Though many were speculating the 22 Grand Slam title winner might announce his retirement, they will have to wait. The Spaniard made it very clear that his career deserves a better ending.
In the press conference he held at the Rafa Nadal Academy at Mallorca, Rafael Nadal said, “I believe I don’t deserve to finish [now].” The 36-year-old said that he will recover and probably be back in the 2024 calendar year. Whether 2024 is going to be his last dance, it’s still not very clear. He said, “I can’t say 100% but 2024 is probably going to be my last year on the Professional tour.” So there is definitely more to come from Rafael Nadal, which is great news for his fans.
Rafael Nadal thinks he has done enough in his career to end it unceremoniously. He feels his illustrious career, which includes 22 Grand Slam titles, 103 ATP titles, and 2 Olympic gold medals, deserves an appropriate conclusion. “I think I have fought enough during all my sporting career so that my end is not today, here in a press conference.”
He also understood his fans expect him to not go in such an anti-climactic manner and that they deserved to see a bit more of their favorite player. He assured his fans by saying, “My ending will be in another way and I will fight so that my end will be in another way.“
Rafael Nadal deserves a farewell worthy of his stature
Last year, Roger Federer retired at the Laver Cup in a very emotional manner. His farewell was everything that a fan could ask for. He played his last match, which was a doubles paired with his rival and friend Rafael Nadal. With the players of both the World team and the Europe team present, it was a high-profile event. There was emotion, entertainment, camaraderie, and everything else that a legend like Roger deserved in his farewell. Rafael Nadal deserves nothing less than that. A legend in his own rights, the ‘King of Clay’ his career deserves a conclusion that he would remember.
A press conference is definitely not what the Spaniard would settle for as a conclusion to his career. He has made it loud and clear that there will be a final dance from him, a final attempt to make a comeback. Nadal would ensure that he plays at all the tournaments that he loved and enjoyed playing at. That would definitely include Roland Garros, which he has won 14 times in the past. Another title before he retires would be ideal, but him giving another real attempt at winning at the French Open would be a very befitting end to his career.
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