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Rafael Nadal reveals how long he will be out for after psoas surgery

Rafael Nadal has updated fans on his wellbeing after undergoing arthroscopic surgery on his ‘left psoas tendon’, the injury that has prevented him from competing at Roland Garros for the first time since 2004.

Nadal has been away from the match court since losing in the second round of the Australian Open, where he picked up the grade two tear to his iliopsoas muscle that was supposed to only have a recovery time of six to eight weeks.

However, it has appeared that the injury was more serious than first thought and the 14-time Roland Garros champion announced that he would be missing the second major of the year, as well as hinting that 2024 would be his last on the ATP tour.

Following his surgery, Nadal posted to Twitter to give fans an update, “Hello everyone. As you know last night I had surgery. Everything went well and the arthroscopy was on the left psoas tendon that has kept me out of competition since January.”

He continued, “An old injury to the labrum of my left hip was also regularized, which will surely help the better evolution of the tendon. I want to thank doctors Marc Philippon, Jaume Vilar√≥ and Angel Ruiz-Cotorro for their work.”

“I will start progressive functional rehabilitation immediately and the normal recovery process they tell me is 5 months, if all goes well.”

This recovery period rules out any possibility of Nadal competing at Wimbledon or the US Open this year, however there is still a possibility that the Mallorcan could participate at his target of the Davis Cup, if Spain progress to the finals that take place in November.

Nadal was waking up in his hospital bed on his 37th birthday, and wanted to thank fans for all the messages and well wishes, “Once again thank you for all the support you have shown me and that you show me every day. Today also on my birthday. Not in the desired or dreamed place, although thank you anyway.”

Rafael Nadal Career Achievements at 37

As Nadal begins his 38th year, we at Tennishead wanted to look back on the tennis legends incredible career so far.

Here is what the Mallorcan has achieved over the past 20 years:

  • 22 Grand Slam singles titles – including 14 Roland Garros titles
  • Career Golden Slam (Won all four majors and Olympic gold medal in singles in Beijing)
  • Olympic Gold medal in doubles (Rio Olympics)
  • 36 ATP Masters 1000 titles (Including 11 Monte Carlo Masters victories)
  • 92 Career ATP titles
  • Five Davis Cup crowns
  • And many more great achievements along the way!

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Matthew Johns, Tennishead Writer, is a professional tennis journalist with a specialist degree in Sports Journalism. He's a keen tennis player having represented his local club and University plus he's also a qualified tennis coach. Matthew has a deep knowledge of tennis especially the ATP Tour and thrives on breaking big tennis news stories for Tennishead.