Rafael Nadal unsure whether he will defend French Open title in 2019

Otacon

Professional
#1
Asked whether he would defend the title next year, the world number one said: ‘It was amazing to win for the 10th time, same thing for the 11th. ‘We’ll see about a next one, because it’s hard to predict what is going to happen in the future. ‘But it’s been an honour and we will make a decision in the coming months about whether or not we will be back next year.’


Read more: https://metro.co.uk/2018/06/12/rafa...d-french-open-title-2019-7625113/?ito=cbshare

What the hell does he mean ???
 
#11
Nadal's level was noticeably lower than last year, so he does have a point.
And this was with his draw being relatively easy too.
With a hard draw on a bad day, he certainly could be vulnerable.
 

Sentinel

Bionic Poster
#20
He has at least 10 more French Opens in him.
Probably 3/4 USO , and an Australian open in there too .


Get used to it
True.
He's just worried that he might drop a set or two on the way to the next 10 FO's, and that would be embarrassing and very traumatic for his family to endure.
I can't bear to see him drop a set.
 
#23
Nadal's level was noticeably lower than last year, so he does have a point.
And this was with his draw being relatively easy too.
With a hard draw on a bad day, he certainly could be vulnerable.
Problem is they’re all mugs who bottle it. Thiem, Delpo etc none of them are reliable.

Federer is the only one I’d trust to play a tactically spot on match, and he can’t play clay anymore.
 

ibbi

Hall of Fame
#32
Maybe he's just musing on his mortality, knowing that at his age he could slip in the shower tomorrow and break a hip, and that'd be the end of it.

Or MAYBE he's worried that the new Chatrier will be a grass court :eek::eek::eek:
 
#36
I definitely think he is feeling it in his body a little too much. He probably feels himself that the end is near , but obviously hopes to be fit for next year.
This is a guy who is probably running around with niggles everywhere on his body, as im sure plenty of 30+ sportsmen are.
I literally feel like he will struggle to play consecutive slams in the future, and its surely only a matter of time before someone steps up and dethrones him at RG.
He visibly looked a lot worse this year than last physically. And that was at his pet slam.
 
#37
The thing is people fail to see that Nadal loves the sport so much that he has sacrificed a lot of personal life for it.All of the big 4 have ,but somewhere I feel Nadal,being under the tutelage of strict Toni has done so more.Djokovic who is as old as him has a wife and two kids.

You know you feel an obligation to give back to yourself after 20+ years of Monstrous dedication and to the love of your life who has stood by you for more than a decade.

He will see if he can truly get over the finishing line in slam total race,if he can't or he thinks he can't that just might be it.



But all this can be just the "moment" talking.
Knowing Nadal he would be trying run down balls on a wheelchair in his 90s,no?And for Xisca, her wait may never end.
 

Rafa24

Hall of Fame
#39
Nadal's level was noticeably lower than last year, so he does have a point.
And this was with his draw being relatively easy too.
With a hard draw on a bad day, he certainly could be vulnerable.
He beat the 11, 5 and 7 seed. Not sure how much harder you want it to be. And the 7 seed is second best on clay at the moment and only one to beat him the last two years on clay. The fact is without ultron djoker there is no tough draw for a healthy Nadal at the Fo.
 

abmk

Bionic Poster
#40
Asked whether he would defend the title next year, the world number one said: ‘It was amazing to win for the 10th time, same thing for the 11th. ‘We’ll see about a next one, because it’s hard to predict what is going to happen in the future. ‘But it’s been an honour and we will make a decision in the coming months about whether or not we will be back next year.’


Read more: https://metro.co.uk/2018/06/12/rafa...d-french-open-title-2019-7625113/?ito=cbshare

What the hell does he mean ???
:confused:

feeling the strain physically ? mentally ? or both ?
 

Rafa24

Hall of Fame
#41
The thing is people fail to see that Nadal loves the sport so much that he has sacrificed a lot of personal life for it.All of the big 4 have ,but somewhere I feel Nadal,being under the tutelage of strict Toni has done so more.Djokovic who is as old as him has a wife and two kids.

You know you feel an obligation to give back to yourself after 20+ years of Monstrous dedication and to the love of your life who has stood by you for more than a decade.

He will see if he can truly get over the finishing line in slam total race,if he can't or he thinks he can't that just might be it.



But all this can be just the "moment" talking.
Knowing Nadal he would be trying run down balls on a wheelchair in his 90s,no?And for Xisca, her wait may never end.
I thought there were rumors that they already got married last year? She was seen with a ring in the pictures the day after the fo final but doesn't wear it to matches.
 
#43
I thought there were rumors that they already got married last year? She was seen with a ring in the pictures the day after the fo final but doesn't wear it to matches.

Didn't know about that .Somehow doubt he believes in marriage.Toni doesn't and his parents divorce was very hard for him.
 
#44
Asked whether he would defend the title next year, the world number one said: ‘It was amazing to win for the 10th time, same thing for the 11th. ‘We’ll see about a next one, because it’s hard to predict what is going to happen in the future. ‘But it’s been an honour and we will make a decision in the coming months about whether or not we will be back next year.’


Read more: https://metro.co.uk/2018/06/12/rafa...d-french-open-title-2019-7625113/?ito=cbshare

What the hell does he mean ???
Gotta figure the ATP is intervening here. I'll paraphrase: Enough is enough, Nad.

In seriousness, though, it's a bit of a paradox. We're down to the GOAT as a product worthy of the brand. And somehow Nadal is still there, as well. Yet the public has had it up to here with the same ol' shenanigans.

If he hasn't grown tired of it himself... think of this as a gentle nudge.
 

Rafa24

Hall of Fame
#45
I kind of had a weird feel with how emotional he got after he won it and kind of made me wonder if he will retire or be back next year. He even said I hope to be back here next year. He normally says in any speech I will see you next year. If Fed wins wimby and uso i could see rafa retiring. What more does he have to prove? He's second greatest all time and has records that will never be touched. And then he was pkagued with injuries the end of last year and the start of this year.

I don't want him to quit. I just think it's a possibility.
 
#49
Asked whether he would defend the title next year, the world number one said: ‘It was amazing to win for the 10th time, same thing for the 11th. ‘We’ll see about a next one, because it’s hard to predict what is going to happen in the future. ‘But it’s been an honour and we will make a decision in the coming months about whether or not we will be back next year.’


Read more: https://metro.co.uk/2018/06/12/rafa...d-french-open-title-2019-7625113/?ito=cbshare

What the hell does he mean ???
Hmm. The METRO does not cite any source and I haven't found any source confirming what the METRO writes.
 
#50
Goading Fred into playing clay next year, skipping MC, Barca, Madrid and Rome before entering on a WC and obliterating the field, while Fred ruins his body on the way to the grass season, only for Andy Roddick to stage a comeback, seize the opportunity and reach the 2nd round where he'll fall to Denis Shapovalov, who will swiftly moving into the final where he'll go up 2 sets to 1 before getting broken, losing his cool and hitting a ball straight into the face of Pascale Maria, getting defaulted, and crowning Fabio Fognini as the champion of Wimbledon 2019.
 
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