Rafael Nadal in the photo – Photo Getty Images
concerns for Rafael Nadal they keep increasing. The 36-year-old Spanish tennis player, who turns 37 in June, has announced that he will also not compete in the Masters 1000 in Rome, making it almost certain that when he plays Roland Garros he will be without preparation in a Competition. The Mallorcan has not been on the field since the last Australian Open where he was injured and will therefore come to Paris under pressure at different levels.
One of them is the ATP ranking. Nadal is currently No. 14 in the world, but not only will he lose his 90 points defended in Rome, but most importantly he will not be able to collect any more points that could give him some peace. What awaits him at Roland Garros will be an attempt to defend the 2,000 points he earned by winning the title last year, but the Spanish tennis player is taking a risk he never thought possible in the past: this Dropping out of the top 100.
This worrying scenario for Nadal would happen if he were eliminated in the early rounds of the French tournament and his closest opponents managed to gain ground. A situation that would put his participation in Wimbledon and the US Open in question, where ranking plays a key role in determining seeding and pairing numbers.
The decision to miss the Masters 1000 in Rome shows how important Nadal is to recovering from injuries and preparing for Roland Garros, a tournament that has given him a lot of satisfaction and which is one of the main goals of his career. However, the lack of proper preparation could hamper his performance on the field and the possibility of achieving a positive result.
Tennis and its fans are therefore hoping to see a fit Nadal again soon, ready to fight for the titles that made him famous. But the road to full recovery still seems long, and the race against time to avoid falling down the leaderboard is getting tighter.