The French Open 2023, beginning 28th of May, 2023 is just around the corner, and the burning question right now among tennis fans is: will the greatest player ever to grace the clay courts at Roland Garros, Rafael Nadal, feature this year’s edition? Now, after a series of multiple rumors and speculations, Rafael Nadal finally announced that he would finally be retiring from tennis after 2024. That’s not all, the tennis phenomenon will not be playing any tournaments in 2023, not even Roland Garros. This is the first time the city of Paris won’t see their favorite player on the red courts competing for his favorite trophy.
A mind-boggling 14-time Grand Slam champion here, Nadal has missed the whole clay court season of 2023 as he is struggling with a lingering hip injury. Nadal last featured at the Australian Open in 2023, where he crashed out in the second round and cited a hip injury as a reason for his early exit.
This has also brought down the Spaniard’s world ranking to 14, the first time since April 2005 that Nadal has slipped out of the top 10 men’s rankings.
Timeline of Injuries to Rafael Nadal throughout his Career
Nadal has a long history of injuries, so much so that he has been forced to sit out of at least one tournament in every year of his career! The 36-year-old’s first injury-enforced absence came when he was just 16 and hurt his elbow in a fall during training, forcing him to miss the 2003 French Open. The next major break from the ATP Tour came at the end of 2014 when Nadal struggled with appendicitis.
A problem with his left foot made Nadal sit out of Wimbledon, the US Open, and the Olympics in 2021 and only return towards the build-up of the Australian Open in 2022.
Many during the early stages of their careers predicted that Nadal would not play for long and would always be marred with injuries due to his grueling style of play, however, the Spaniard proved everyone wrong and is now one of the all-time greats of tennis.
Vitasta is the Content Editor for the Tennis, NFL, eSports divisions at FirstSportz. Experienced editor with a demonstrated history of working in the content writing industry. With over 1000 articles under her belt and 2.5+ years of experience, she has taken up pieces ranging from stable pieces, opinion pieces to light-hearted content. Skilled at multitasking and have a sharp eye for details (grammar, spelling, tonality, etc).
Vitasta has previously worked with some of the top media organizations like Essentially Sports, Sportskeeda, and more. When not working, you will find her exploring new things, trying out different cuisines, cuddled up with a good romantic, suspense novel and binge-watching psychological thrillers.
FirstSportz is the First Stop for all sports fanatics. Starting in 2019, we initially covered Olympic Sports, but in 2021 we added every other sport which you might be looking for, like NFL, Golf, MLB, WWE Cricket, Football, Tennis, Esports, NBA, MMA and more.