(Photo : Cameron Spencer/Getty Images) MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – Rafael Nadal of Spain performs a backhand of their spherical two singles match towards Mackenzie McDonald of the United States throughout day three of the 2023 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 18, 2023 in Melbourne, Australia.
Tennis star Rafael Nadal reached his lowest rating within the ATP listing in 21 years.
The 37-year-old fell out of the Top 200 for the primary time since February 2003, rating No. 239 within the newest version of the listing of the world’s prime males’s tennis gamers.
The 22-time Grand Slam winner has not performed an ATP match since an upset to Mackenzie McDonald within the second spherical of this 12 months’s Australian Open final January, dropping in straight units, 6-4, 6-4, 7-5.
An injured hip severely hampered the defending champion within the match, which triggered him to drop the title he received in 2022.
Nadal additionally exited the world prime 10 for the primary time since 2005 final March, and the prolonged interval of inactivity triggered him to drop out of the highest 100 by May.
After saying earlier than the match that he would miss the Roland Garros to concentrate on his restoration, the 14-time winner of the mentioned Grand Slam hinted that the 2024 season can be his final within the sport.
“My ambition is to try to stop to give myself an opportunity to enjoy next year, that’s probably going to be my last year on the professional tour,” Nadal mentioned.
Rafael Nadal’s uncle offers potential return date
Toni Nadal, the uncle and former coach of the participant, urged that the Spanish legend may very well be again on the court docket by the 2024 Australian Open if issues go properly.
He added that his nephew is recovering properly from his nagging hip harm.
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