Highlights

  • 36-year-old Nadal has been struggling with injuries for the past few years
  • He also recently withdrew from the Laver Cup due to personal reasons

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"I'm not going to lie to you. During Roland Garros I thought that it could be my last tournament," Nadal told a Spanish media outlet

Rafael Nadal revealed that he almost retired from professional tennis due to a foot injury that had kept him out for a majority of the 2021 season.

Nadal took part in the Laver Cup on Friday with his long-time rival and friend Roger Federer who has recently caused emotional stir in the tennis fraternity after ending a stellar 24-year-long career. But the Spaniard made a shocking revelation, something that could have started the mourning of period long ago.

The 22-time Grand Slam champion said that he 'almost retired' from professional tennis after winning a record-extending 14th French Open title a few months ago. "I'm not going to lie to you. During Roland Garros I thought that it could be my last tournament," Nadal told a Spanish media outlet.

He further clarified that he is not thinking about retirement anytime soon and aims to regroup and return to the tour when he is mentally ready to compete again.

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