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Spanish tennis legend Rafael Nadal made a shocking statement on his possible retirement ahead of the French Open 2024 opening round in Paris. Nadal will take on Alexander Zevrev in 1st round of Roland Garros on May 27 as he gears up for his 20th French Open career with the likelihood of adding to his 14 titles.

With 2024 starting as another injury-riddled season for the Spaniard, the 22-time Grand Slam winner had speculated that this would be his last on the professional circuit. But ahead of the French Open, Nadal spoke about how there is still a chance this may not be his last.

Can't say 100% that this is my last Roland Garros: Nadal

Speaking in the press conference,  Rafael Nadal said,  "No puedo decir al 100% que este es mi último #RolandGarros, pero hay grandes chances de que así sea,"   as per ESPN Tenis. (Translation:  I can't say 100% that this is my last one Roland Garros, but there are great chances that it will be so)

I can play against anyone: Rafael Nadal on his fitness

Rafa also spoke about him being 100% fit after his recent injuries which will allow him to push his body to maximum.  He said, "This is the first time since I came back that I’ve been able to run properly, and that encouraged me. I have at least a small chance to play well.  I’m feeling competitive at practice, I can play against anyone. Let’s see if I can do it in professional matches now."

"I have made progress since Rome, especially in terms of movement. I'm having a good week of practice. I can run without limitations now. Physically I feel better and I have fewer limitations than I did a few weeks ago."