US Open 2022: “I don’t know when I’ll be back”, says Rafael Nadal | Tennis News

NEW YORK: Rafael Nadal admitted on Monday that he was not sure when he would return to action after Frances Tiafoe sentenced him to his first U.S. Open released since 2016.
Nadal, a four-time United States champion chasing a 23rd Grand Slam title, lost 6-4, 4-6, 6-4, 6-3 in the last 16 to 26th-placed Tiafoe.
The American’s freestyle performance conjured up 18 aces and 49 winners who flew past a slow Nadal at Arthur Ashe Stadium.
For Nadal, Australian and Roland-Garros champion, it was a first Grand Slam defeat in 2022 after abdominal tension forced him to give up his Wimbledon semi-final.
The defeat ended a series of 16 successive Grand Slams where the Spaniard had made at least the quarter-finals.
“I have to go back. I have to fix things. I don’t know when I’m going to come back,” Nadal told a press conference.
“I will try to be mentally ready. When I feel like I’m ready to compete again, I’ll be there.”
Nadal has been on a rollercoaster for a year.
His two Grand Slam titles earned him a victory over Novak Djokovic, but his physical frailties have also come back to haunt him.
Nadal suffered a stress fracture of his ribs in March before requiring daily injections of painkillers in his left foot to see him claim a 14th French Open title in June.
Then her bid for a third Wimbledon crown was shattered by an abdominal injury.
Nadal is expected to become a father for the first time in the coming weeks, a factor that will factor heavily into his future plans on the pitch.
“Now I have to go home, I have more important things than tennis deal with,” he said.
“Decisions will be made based on how everything is going in my personal life, which comes before my professional life.”
He added: “It’s been a bit difficult for a few months but I want to end the year with something very important which is my first child.”
Nadal is set to return to action at the Laver Cup in London from September 23. He has already qualified for the ATP Tour finals in Turin which will take place in November.
Despite his doubts over his future plans, Nadal told Spanish media that he wouldn’t rule out playing again this year.
“I’m going to do a mini pre-season to end the year in Europe feeling good and that’s what we’re going to try. There’s a tournament coming up if everything else goes well,” he said. he declares.
Tiafoe is Nadal’s junior by 12 and on Monday the Spaniard admitted age is becoming a factor.
“I couldn’t push it away. Tennis is often a positional sport,” he added.
“Otherwise you must be very, very quick and very young. I’m not at that point anymore.”

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