Rafael Nadal undergoes arthroscopy, uncertain about return to competition in 2023

This Friday in Barcelona, ​​Rafael Nadal underwent an arthroscopy at the level of the psoas, which has made him suffer since January and forced him to give up Roland-Garros and Wimbledon.

This Saturday, Rafael Nadal turns 37. Since he was 19, he had got into the habit of blowing out his candles at Roland-Garros, because he was, almost always, still in contention in the tournament at that time. But this year 2023 is not like the others for the Majorcan who had to give up going to Porte d’Auteuil, due to the injury that has been bothering him since his second round at the Australian Open lost against Mackenzie McDonald and which has prevented him from playing again since.

But the world No. 15 decided to take the bull by the horns by undergoing an arthroscopy at the level of the psoas (one of the flexor muscles of the hip). The operation took place in Barcelona, ​​in the presence in particular of the doctor of the Spanish federation who has followed him since his debut. Thanks to this arthroscopy, the doctors will be able to better see the inside of the tennis player’s joint with a small camera and thus establish a better diagnosis to better treat the man at the 22 Grand Slam tournaments.

2024 ‘probably’ Nadal’s last season

Because after the Australian Open, it was only an absence of six to eight weeks that had been announced for Rafael Nadal. But it will finally be at least six months, since after Roland-Garros, he also forfeited Wimbledon. While he will fall to around 130th place in the world when the next ranking is published, Rafael Nadal is not sure of being able to return to competition this season, even with protected classification. During his May 17 press conference announcing his withdrawal from Roland-Garros, he said that his 2024 season would be “probably the last” of his career. An extraordinary career, but which, like that of Roger Federer (hit in the knee), could end in blood sausage due to an injury which is struggling to heal.

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2023-06-03 07:05:42
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