Manacor, Spain: Rafael Nadal will maintain a information convention at his tennis academy in Spain on Thursday amid media stories that he’s going to overlook the French Open for the primary time since he gained the primary of his document 14 titles there in his debut in 2005.
Nadal has been sidelined by an injured left hip flexor since January, when he misplaced within the second spherical of the Australian Open.
A number of sports activities shops primarily based in Spain stated Wednesday that Nadal wouldn’t be competing at Roland Garros, the claycourt grand slam match the place main-draw play begins on Might 28. Not one of the stories cited a particular supply.
His supervisor, Benito Perez-Barbadillo, stated Nadal would converse to the media Thursday “about his participation in Roland Garros,” including that whether or not or not the 22-time grand slam champion will enter the French Open, “and the explanations both means, will probably be solely be communicated” then.
Nadal has a profession document of 112-3 throughout 18 appearances on the French Open, a stage of dominance unmatched by any man or lady at any grand slam occasion within the lengthy annals of a sport that dates to the 1800s.
When Nadal gained the trophy in Paris final 12 months at age 36 whereas coping with continual foot ache, he grew to become the oldest males’s champion in match historical past.
The Spaniard hasn’t performed anyplace since his loss to Mackenzie McDonald at Melbourne Park on January 18, his motion clearly restricted by a bothersome left hip flexor. That was Nadal’s earliest grand slam exit since 2016.
An MRI examination the subsequent day revealed the extent of the harm, and Perez-Barbadillo stated on the time that Nadal was anticipated to wish as much as two months to completely get well.