Boris Becker has admitted he fears we may have just seen the last of Rafael Nadal at the Australian Open. Nadal suffered a devastating groin injury in his 6-4 6-4 7-5 loss to Mackenzie Macdonald at the Australian Open on Wednesday.
Minutes after the match, Nadal took a moment to bid an emotional farewell to the fans at Rod Laver Arena. It was like Nadal was saying his final farewell to the fans at Melbourne Park. “These are heartbreaking images for Mrs Nadal, who knows her husband better than anyone and knows that Rafa is not faking anything here.
He might be the best fighter, the best competitor ever in tennis. If he has to finally say goodbye to his knee for his home crowd in Melbourne, those are clear signs for me,” Becker said on his Eurosport show “Matchball Becker”.
Becker: I don’t know if we’ll see Nadal again at the Australian Open
“We’ve talked a lot about the generational change – we’re seeing it live now. Roger Federer is no longer playing and there are a lot of question marks behind Nadal now.
I think he would love to play in Paris again. But it is not known if he will face Australia again. That’s why we should celebrate him while we still have it,” Becker added. Unfortunately, the last few years haven’t been easy for Nadal.
After missing the second half of the 2021 season with a leg injury, Nadal struggled with leg, rib and stomach injuries in 2022.
Now Nadal is struggling with a groin injury at the start of the 2023 season. Rafa Nadal, who turns 37 in early June, is certainly not in an easy position. However, one thing is for sure – Nadal will not go down without a fight and he will certainly do everything in his power to make another successful comeback to tennis.
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