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Rafael Nadal ‘feels fine’ and set to play French Open for final time


Rafael Nadal of Spain in action during the match against Hubert Hurkacz in Rome

Rafael Nadal’s French Open participation had been up in the air (Picture: Getty)

Rafael Nadal ‘feels fine’ and has decided to travel to the French Open with the hope of playing for the last time before retirement, according to reports.

Nadal, the most successful player in Roland-Garros history, is widely expected to hang up his racket this year but his Paris participation had been up in the air.

After losing in the second round of the Italian Open to Hubert Hurkacz on Saturday, Nadal said he was unsure if he would feature at this year’s French Open.

The 37-year-old, who has won 22 Grand Slam singles titles and is regarded as one of the best players of all time, has now appeared to make a final decision for Paris.

That’s according to Spanish outlet AS who report that Nadal ‘feels fine’ physically and is ‘less dejected’ than expected after his early exit in Rome.

He will now travel to Roland-Garros – which starts on May 26 – with the hope of playing the tournament and is set to practice with ‘top players’ to test himself.

Assuming there’s no hiccups in training and ‘things go well’, Nadal will feature at the French Open, almost certainly for the final time before he retires from tennis.

Rafael Nadal recently played what is likely to be his last match in Spain (Picture: Getty)

There is much speculation over when Nadal will announce his official retirement and it will largely depend on his fitness but it is thought he is keen to play at the Olympic Games later this year.

Wimbledon champion Carlos Alcaraz is dreaming of playing in the Olympic doubles with Nadal for Spain.

‘It would be a dream,’ Alcaraz said. ‘Not only to win a medal at singles or doubles, but just to live the experience of a doubles with your idol would be a memory that I would keep with special affection.

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‘For me, it could be a dream playing doubles with him in the Olympics. Let’s see how he’s doing and how he’s going this year. Hopefully he’s going great.’

Nadal’s wife and sister were in floods of tears after watching what is likely to be the tennis legend’s final match in Spain at the Madrid Open last month.

Madrid Open organisers unveiled five banners for Nadal after the match – one to represent each of his five men’s singles titles at the event – the most in history.

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Source:: Metro

      

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