Nadal confirmed his return to the courts and released a scathing phrase that shook the tennis world

The Spanish legend, who has been out of the circuit for more than 100 days with an iliac psoas injury, welcomed his return to the courts on Tuesday and admitted he is already thinking about retirement at the age of 37.

Rafael Nadal has confirmed his return to Barcelona and admitted he is thinking about retirement. (Eric Alonso/Getty Images)

After more than 100 days off the circuit due to an iliopsoas injury, Rafael Nadal is back: he will debut this Tuesday at the Barcelona Open – Conde de Godó Trophy against the Italian Flavio Cobolli. Beyond the joy of competing again on clay, the surface he has ruled from the beginning, The Spaniard released a scathing phrase in a press conference that shook the tennis world.

Rafa, 37, is excited about his tournament debut and admits that the prospect of retirement is getting louder and louder in his head: “I’m going to the track. For me it’s a gift to be able to go to Barcelona, ​​​​​​​​I take it as my last year and I want to enjoy every moment. That’s why it has a more special feeling.”

The former world No. 1, who is currently ranked 646 in the ATP ranking, has not lost his competitive mentality and, although he is in the twilight of his career, he warned that he will not go on a trip to Barcelona.: “In life there is always an end. I don’t know if this will be my last participation, but that’s how I currently feel. I’m happy to be here, it’s a gift. I want to enjoy it without giving up being competitive, I don ‘t take it as a tribute “I will go out to do my best, to give myself opportunities.”

Just one day before his first match against Cobolli, No. 63 on the planet, the Mallorcan emphasized his preparation to reach 100%: “It’s been a very positive week of training. I’m training with high-level players and I’m feeling good. I feel ready to compete.”

And he regretted that he left Monte Carlo last month because of his physical problems, especially his stomach discomfort that did not allow him to serve normally: “It hurt me not to be there, but luckily things improved this week and I feel comfortable playing tomorrow.”

When asked about the absence of Carlos Alcaraz (3rd) due to injury and the failed possibility of meeting in the semifinals, Nadal did not take the hypothetical confrontation seriously and wished his compatriot: “I feel bad for him, because he won’t be able to play in an important tournament that he won twice, and I wish him a quick and good recovery. But I can’t think about the semifinals.”

Source: Tycsports

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