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Rafael Nadal Pulls Out of Indian Wells, Is It Time to Retire?

Since Making His Comeback to Tennis, Nadal Has Already Withdrawn Out of 3 Major Tournaments Due to Injuries

Rafael Nadal Pulls Out of Indian Wells, Is It Time to Retire?
Spain's Rafael Nadal/Patrick HAMILTON / AFP

Time to Call It Quits?

I don’t find myself ready to play at the highest level…I can’t lie to myself. – Rafa Nadal

In a bit of unfortunate tennis news, Rafael Nadal has withdrawn from the 2024 BNP Paribas Open, marking the latest of several restarts to come up empty. Is this the beginning of the end or will Rafa eventually heal and become the force he once was?

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Feeling the Pain

Rafael Nadal is feeling the pain of a career’s worth of injuries with the latest being a muscle tear he sustained at the Brisbane International in January. That was a devastating setback as it was supposed to be Nadal’s grand comeback after a spate of injuries in 2023 that kept him sidelined throughout the year.

Rafa owns the longest Top-10 streak in ATP rankings history, a span of over 18 years, that ended in 2023 but he was determined to rekindle the magic that has propelled him to be known as arguably the greatest player ever to grace the court. His 14 French Open titles have made him the King of Clay, and he was gunning for a triumphant return to Roland Garros after missing the Grand Slam event last year.

Although injuries have plagued him throughout his career, causing him to miss 14 Grand Slam tournaments, he has always been able to bounce back with a vengeance. But this time is different. He will be 38 in June and his creaky body is no longer as malleable and forgiving as it once was which has led to him missing all of his scheduled events this year, with the latest being the 2024 BNP Paribas Open, commonly known as Indian Wells.


In a statement Nadal recently released he said, “It is with great sadness that I have to withdraw from this amazing tournament. Everyone knows how much I love this place and how much I love to play here at Indian Wells. That’s also one of the reasons why I came very early to the desert to practice and try to get ready.

“I have been working hard and practicing and you all know I took a test this weekend but I don’t find myself ready to play at the highest level at such an important event. It is not an easy decision, it’s a tough one as a matter of fact but I can’t lie to myself and lie to the thousands of fans. I will miss you all and I am sure the tournament will be a great success.”

 

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French Open 2024?

It would be a leap of faith to even consider that Rafa will be entering the French Open in May and his chances of playing at all this year are dimming by the month. We would all like to see this legendary warrior go out on his own terms, yet sometimes the spirit is willing but the flesh is weak.

Maybe another full year recovering with his only goal being one last tournament at the event he has owned like no other, the French Open in 2025. Regardless of where he finishes, he would be a winner the moment he arrived, waved to the crowd, and took one final bow. He deserves that much.

 

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