Nadal Keeps Possibilities Open for Extending Career.

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Nadal Keeps Possibilities Open for Extending Career.

Rafael Nadal isn't entirely sure if this French Open will mark his final appearance, stating he can't commit to that "100%." However, there's a significant possibility that it might be his farewell tournament.

Rafael Nadal, the legendary 14-time men's champion at Roland Garros, had previously mentioned his expectation to retire later in 2024. He missed last year's clay-court Grand Slam due to injury and has had limited play over the past year and a half. 

However, the 37-year-old Spaniard has been feeling positive about his form and fitness recently.

"I don't want to completely shut the door," Nadal mentioned in a news conference, referring to the possibility of this French Open being his last.

"Physically, I'm improving and feeling better than before," he added. "I'm more capable than I was a few weeks ago. I've given myself the opportunity to compete at Roland Garros - maybe for the last time, maybe not. I'm feeling competitive in practice and ready to face almost anyone."

Ranked 276th globally, Nadal has played only 11 matches since January 2023 due to hip and abdominal issues. His most recent match was a loss to Polish player Hubert Hurkacz in the Italian Open's second round.