Tennis star Rafael Nadal has announced that he will be retiring next year.
The clay champion announced earlier this month that we won’t be competing in this year’s French Open due to a hip injury. The injury has been plaguing him since the Australian Open in January.
As part of the announcement that he won’t be competing this year, he also announced that 2024 will be his final year as a professional tennis player.
Because the 36-year-old will be out for the next “few months” it could mean that he might miss out on competing at Wimbledon as well.
Nadal has won the French Open a record 14 times, making him the clay champion among his peers.
At a press conference, the Spaniard said his focus for the next year is to focus on his body.
“Too many days I have been stopping with too much pain. I don’t know when I will come back to the practice court, maybe two months, three, four. I am following my personal feelings for my body and personal happiness. My goal is to try to enjoy next year, which will probably be my last.”
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