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Rafael Nadal withdraws from Monte Carlo Masters, French Open participation uncertain

Posted : 05 April 2024

Rafael Nadal's absence from the upcoming Monte Carlo Masters has sparked speculation about his participation in the French Open, his cherished Grand Slam event. The 37-year-old Spaniard, a 22-times Grand Slam champion, cited his body's lack of readiness for competition as the reason for his withdrawal, further clouding his prospects for the season.


Nadal's return to competition in January, following a nearly year-long hiatus due to a hip flexor injury, was met with anticipation. However, he has not competed in any ATP events since then, opting to skip the Indian Wells Masters last month due to his perceived inability to perform at the highest level. His decision to forgo the Monte Carlo Masters underscores the challenges he faces in regaining match fitness.


Expressing his disappointment at being unable to participate in significant tournaments, Nadal acknowledged the difficulty of his situation and expressed determination to focus on his recovery. Despite his unwavering commitment to return to competitive tennis, Nadal's statement reflects the somber reality of his current physical limitations and the uncertainty surrounding his future in the sport.


As the Monte Carlo Masters approaches, Nadal's absence raises questions about his readiness for the upcoming claycourt season and, more significantly, his prospects at the French Open, where he has enjoyed unparalleled success.


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