Rafael Nadal is withdrawing from the French Open for the first time since 2004 and will miss Wimbledon after failing to recover from a hip injury – as the 36-year-old admits “next year will probably be my last”
- Rafael Nadal will miss the French Open due to a hip injury he suffered in Australia
Rafael Nadal has confirmed he is out of the 2023 French Open and Wimbledon due to a hip injury he suffered playing at the Australian Open earlier in the year.
The clay-court slam begins on May 28, but Nadal will miss the tournament for the first time since 2004.
He has also confirmed he will miss the iconic London grass slam when it takes place in July as the injury is slow to recover.
Over the past two decades, the Spaniard has won 14 times at Roland Garros and is still expected to do well in the tournament.
But his season this year was hampered by the hip injury suffered in Australia at the start of 2023, and it forced him to withdraw from the Paris event later this month.
Rafael Nadal will miss the 2023 French Open due to injury, he confirmed on Thursday afternoon
The 14-time Roland Garros champion hasn’t played since suffering a hip injury in January
His absence from the SW19 green will also be a blow to the Spaniard’s die-hard fans, who are known to fill Wimbledon courts with their flags.
During a press conference to confirm his absence from Roland-Garros, he told reporters that 2024 was “probably going to be my last year on the professional circuit”.