Rafael Nadal makes injury statement with definitive view on French Open ‘farewell’

Rafa Nadal has claimed he is not ready to say farewell to the French Open despite his chronic foot injury. The Spanish superstar will bid to celebrate his 36th birthday on Friday by beating Alexander Zverev to reach his 14th French Open final.

The Australian Open champion is unbeaten in Majors since losing the semi-final here to Novak Djokovic last year. But the 21-time Grand Slam winner has dropped hints he is considering his future and said after his quarter-final win: “I’m going to play this tournament but I don’t know what’s going to happen after here.” And the Spanish press have claimed he is set to skip Wimbledon.

But speaking to Spain’s RTVE channel, the world No 5 said: “At no time do I want this to seem like a farewell. We will continue working to find solutions to what is happening down with my foot.

“I trust and hope to be able to return. This last year has been difficult. Day to day, with everything that it entails, has been difficult not just because of all the effort but to stay competitive.”

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