Nadal puts career and French Open in doubt with another withdrawal

Rafael Nadal’s French Open hopes have taken a further blow as he pulled out of the Rome Masters. There were talks that the world No 14 would finally make his comeback at next week’s Italian Open after progress with his latest treatment. But after visiting his doctor, Nadal has postponed his comeback once again – putting both the French Open and his career into doubt.

Nadal has withdrawn from another tournament, this time the Rome Masters. The 36-year-old previously revealed that he had been under the impression that he could play a full clay swing but has now missed every big event in the lead-up to the French Open.

When he pulled out of Madrid, the 22-time Grand Slam champion said he was starting a new treatment and still hoped to play at least some of the clay swing. But he is now running out of time and could be forced to miss the most successful event of his career – Roland Garros.

“Hello everyone! I am very sorry to announce that I will not be able to be in Rome,” he tweeted on Friday. “You all know how much it hurts me to miss another one of the tournaments that have marked my professional and personal career for all the love and support of the Italian fans.”


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