During an interview with Eurosport, Justine Henin talked about Rafael Nadal’s future. The Spanish champion was the victim of a new injury, occurred during the Australian Open 2023, which forced him to retire from the Slam Down Under.
Former Belgian star explained: “Today fans are asking a lot of questions about Rafael Nadal, who has already amazed everyone a myriad of times. The victories at the Australian Open and Roland Garros in 2022 left everyone speechless, proving that Rafa is no never underestimated.At the same time, it must be admitted that he has seemed to be struggling in recent months.
He had several physical problems, became a father in the autumn and has never returned to 100% fitness. The 2023 Australian Open didn’t go well and he injured his ileo-psoas, which he really didn’t want after the ordeal of the last few months.
Will Rafa be able to rise again? We’ll find out at the Roland Garros.”
Will Rafael Nadal rise again at Roland Garros 2023?
The last few months have not been easy for Rafael Nadal, who has had to deal with a long series of injuries.
Since he reached the semifinals at Wimbledon 2022, we haven’t seen the best version of the Spaniard. The former world number 1 tore his abs at the Championships, unable to play in the semifinal against Nick Kyrgios and leaving the scene prematurely at the US Open.
Rafa did not shine even at the ATP Finals in Turin, getting only one victory against Casper Ruud with the games already over. The first month of 2023 did not give him great joys, on the contrary it exacerbated the concern of his many fans.
The 36-year-old from Manacor lost both matches played at the United Cup, while at the Australian Open he didn’t go beyond the second round. In addition to being dropped out of the Top 5, the Iberian suffered a second-degree injury to the ileo-psoas.
We will hardly see him again on the pitch before the Masters 1000 in Montecarlo, a tournament that marks the start of the season on clay. His big goal is the Roland Garros, where he will hunt for his 15th seal.