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Rafael Nadal may be considering John McEnroe retirement amid rumours.

Rafael Nadal may be considering John McEnroe retirement amid rumours.



Rafael Nadal Takes A Break

Rumors have been swirling that this could be the final year of Rafael Nadal’s record-breaking career, but John McEnroe believes there are still moments of glory to come for the 22-time Grand Slam champion.

Nadal’s defense of the Australian Open, which he famously won a year ago, ended last week with a second-round loss to American Mackenzie MacDonald.

The 35-year-old missed a large part of last season with injury after winning in Melbourne and collecting an impressive 14th French Open title.

There are now suggestions Nadal may consider calling time on his career after playing one tournament at Roland Garros this summer, but tennis legend McEnroe insists the great Spaniard should never be written off.

“I don’t think he’s going to play for a long time if he doesn’t think he can still win major tournaments,” McEnroe said at the live and exclusive Australian Open. Discovery+ And Eurosport.

“It’s not for me to say when a player should retire, but let’s say this. Nadal won the Australian Open and the French Open last year. He was named Player of the Year. That was just last year.

“In the second half of the year he had problems with injuries and he became a father and I think his priorities changed a little bit. It’s not that he doesn’t want to play.

“He’s been out of the majors before. He’s out of the US Open, he’s out of Wimbledon and he’s always found a way to get back to that level and win the majors.

“From what I hear he wants to play and God bless him if he does. He’s been good for our game and we’ll have to wait and see.”

Nadal has hinted that the hip injury suffered at the Australian Open could keep him out for six to eight weeks, hinting that he could miss the Indian Wells and Miami Masters events. .

McEnroe admits retirement is a tough call for all athletes, especially those at Nadal’s level for so long.

“Who knows if this is the last year,” he added.

“I’ve heard about one stop at the French Open. The other will play for three more years.

“He’s been out for two months now and I think he’s going to try and get ready for clay court time, but the hip injury is tough. It’s the most challenging injury I’ve ever had.

“You always want players to go out on their terms, but at 36, there’s a lot of wear and tear on Nadal’s body.”

Nadal has denied claims he is close to following his great friend and rival Roger Federer into tennis retirement.

However, the truth is that his body doesn’t know how to react to this latest injury, so he continues to nurse ongoing foot problems.

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