‘Soil god’ Rafael Nadal (36, Spain) announced his retirement next year. A new era opens at the French Open.
Nadal held a press conference at the Nadal Academy in Mallorca, Spain on the night of the 18th and announced that he would retire at the end of 2024 along with not attending the French Open, which opens on the 22nd. “My body made the decision, not me,” Nadal said. It is impossible to participate in the French Open,” he said. “2024 will be the last year I will play as a player.”
Nadal, who has been plagued by small and large injuries throughout his playing career, decided not to play in his ‘home’, the French Open, after struggling with his hip injury since the beginning of this year.
Nadal is so strong in clay court competitions that he is called the ‘King of Clay Court’ and ‘God of Dirt’, and the French Open is the only major tennis tournament to be held on clay courts. Nadal has won 14 times with a career record of 112 wins and 3 losses at the French Open alone. Nadal’s absence itself is an ‘incident’.먹튀검증
With Nadal’s declaration, the French Open has now entered a full-fledged ‘Spring and Autumn National Era’. The next generation of stars who have not been able to win the French Open due to being blocked by Nadal will challenge for the championship right away in this tournament.
Novak Djokovic (Serbia), who was the most likely candidate, reached the top at this year’s Australian Open, but has been suffering from a right elbow injury since then and has been unable to exert himself.
Currently, the most likely candidate is Carlos Alcaras (2nd, Spain), who will surpass Djokovic next week and rise to the top of the world rankings. He is on the rise, winning four tour titles this year, including a win at the Madrid Masters.
Danish star Holger Rune (7th), who recently won two consecutive victories over Djokovic, Kasper Ruud (4th, Norway), who lost to Nadal at the French Open last year and finished runner-up, and 2021 runner-up Stefanos Tsitsipas (5th, Greece). ) is also considered a candidate for the ‘French Open without Nadal’.