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Rafa Nadal casts doubt on whether he will be at Roland Garros this year

One of the greatest tennis players in the history of the sport Rafael Nadal Parera better known as Rafa Nadal, is the 36-year-old Spaniard, king of clay, and the first male tennis player to win 22 Grand Slams. 

Earlier this year he missed the Australian Open, one of the four annual Grand Slams, due to an abdominal injury. But at the beginning, it was supposed to be six to eight weeks, but it has been a long time since he missed it. The biggest concern for Nadal fans and for tennis lovers is whether Rafa Nadal will be present at Roland Garros.

Roland Garros is one of the four Grand Slams that take place throughout the year. It takes place in Paris, France, and is a clay tournament where Rafa has always stood out. He is the most successful player in the history of the sport with 14 victories on Parisian clay. 

Because it is a work of art to watch Nadal play Roland Garros, this is the main concern at this time of year for those who follow the sport. The Spaniard has already cancelled his appearance at the Masters 1000 in Madrid, the ATP 500 in Barcelona and this leaves even more uncertainty about his appearance in Paris next month.  

At the beginning of next month (May), the Masters 1000 in Rome will take place, and his presence is unknown. Many speculate that he obviously won't be at his best for the Parisian tournament, but they find it difficult for him, the 14-time Roland Garros champion, to miss it. 

That was the latest thing in the headlines and sports websites around the world. "There is the possibility that I'm not in shape to come here. But I also know that if there's one tournament you don't want to miss, it's this one. We are still five weeks away from the main key. I have hopes and I will continue to have hopes. I have my fingers crossed," he admitted to BBC Sport. "It will be hard to imagine Roland Garros without him. He is a big part of the history of the tournament for the last 20 years, it would be sad. But I'm a positive person, so I hope things will get better for him," he concluded.

Toni Nadal, the tennis player's former coach, claims that Rafa is recovering. "He will not arrive at Roland Garros with a good preparation but we should not despair. He is recovering, he picks up the pace right away. In a Grand Slam event, then, a lot depends on the draw. If you are lucky enough to have a 'soft' draw in the first rounds, then anything can happen in the second week."



edited by Palak Chauhan



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