Initially, the Spaniard appeared on the entry list for the season’s first ATP 1000 clay-court event. The tournament director said that the 36-year-old was the first player to sign up for the 2023 Monte Carlo Masters, and countless fans were already looking forward to his return.
In the past, Nadal took home the winning trophy 11 times at the Monte-Carlo Masters, which is a special event for him. I can only imagine the 36-year-old’s disappointment when he recently denied rumors of his comeback and announced his withdrawal from the event.
In a tweet, he stated (translated):
“Hi everyone, I’m still not ready to compete at the highest level. I will not be able to play in one of the most important tournaments of my career, Monte Carlo. I am not yet in a position to play with the maximum guarantees and I continue my preparation process, hoping to return soon.”
Hola a todos, aún no me encuentro preparado para competir al más alto nivel. No podré jugar en uno de los torneos más importantes de mi carrera, Monte Carlo. No estoy aún en condiciones de jugar con las máximas garantías y continúo mi proceso preparación, esperando volver pronto
— Rafa Nadal (@RafaelNadal) April 4, 2023
We’re hoping this means that Nadal will be preparing for the upcoming Barcelona Open, which is an ATP 500 event. He is on the entry list for the tournament and has won it 12 times in the past.
It’s clear to us that this year the Spaniard has a main goal: to expand his collection of Grand Slam titles. And, of course, he’ll have an excellent chance to do that at the upcoming 2023 Roland Garros, where he earned the well-deserved title, “King of Clay.”
Currently, Rafa has accumulated only 45 ranking points and lost three of the four matches he played. Only time will tell what this year holds for Nadal, and we wish him the best!